Not without us! Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics
"Not without us" was launched in 2017 to promote the integration of gender justice in international climate politics and within the global climate justice movement.
Selected activists and gender experts from environmental groups and women’s organisations, primarily from the Global South, will be supported in their attempts to connect local struggles for climate and gender justice with the UNFCCC process, enabling networking with other actors.
The project Not without us! Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics is supported by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Not Without us ! Gender Justice Advocates at COP24
Activists from the Not Without us!- project have participated at COP24. The video presents a glimpse of the atmosphere in Katowice and you will meet the Not without us!-team!
If you want to know more about the project, please read below, and come here for more details of our activities at the COP24.
Side Event at COP24 - "From local approaches to (inter)national policy: Gender Just Transition and Decent Work" – December 2018
On 11 December 2018 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, together with GenderCC and LIFE held a side event at the COP venue. The event aimed to contribute to the critical discussion about the prominent theme of COP24: Just Transition. This is an important main issue because it could contributes to greater equality and gender justice. In order to be transformative, just transition needs to challenge the inbuilt inequalities that exist between different social groups and move beyond a green growth agenda, taking into account intersectional issues. Different questions haves been raised concerning unpaid care-work, power of defining concepts, power relations, the participation of indigenous communities etc.
Thank you to our speakers for this lively discussion: Avril De Torres, CEED; Patricia Bohland, GenderCC; Jaron Browne, Grassroots Global Justice; Dunja Krause, UNRISD.
Facilitation: Nadja Charaby, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
Workshop at COP24 – Greenpeace Climate Hub “Women for Climate Justice: Local Struggles, Global Actions” – December 2018
"Our body is our first territory!"
On 3rd December 2018, the Not Without Us!-team implemented a workshop at the civil society space in Katowice. The main goal was to create a participatory space where a methodology used by local communities in the amazon region was jointly tried out by an international audience. We shared the “Body mapping” methodology that makes you understand in which ways climate change is directly affecting your most intimate territory - your body and inner life. In addition, it helps to realise personal strengths and common grounds in fighting against what oppresses us. The conceptual background of this methodology is the communitarian and indigenous feminism. Thus we had a South-South as well as South-North transfer.
Thank you to the 25 participants and in particular Melissa Moreano, who introduced us to the methodology as well as to Ndivile Mokoena and Dinda Nuur Annissa Yura for facilitation!
"Patriarchy vs. the climate: Why there is no climate justice without feminism". Panel discussion in Berlin – November 2018
On 30th November 2018, one day before travelling to COP24 in Katowice, GenderCC and LIFE together with Rosa Luxemburg Foundation organised a panel discussion at Denkerei, in Berlin to highlight and showcase the importance of gender just climate politics. The idea behind this event was to raise awareness on gender justice being integral part of climate justice and to draw attention to various local approaches.
Thank you to the 90 participants and for our speaker on the panel for the lively discussion : Ndivile Mokoena (GenderCC Southern Africa), Melissa Moreano (Critical Geographers Collective Ecuador), Ilana Krause (Ende Gelände), Lorenz Gösta Beutin (member of the parliament, DIE LINKE).
Implementation of local workshops in South Africa, Ecuador & Indonesia – July to November 2018
During three months the Not without us!-project team implemented local workshops in South Africa, Ecuador & Indonesia. One of the key objective of the project is to strengthen the participants in being multipliers. So through those workshops, Ndivile, Melissa and Dinda informed the local actors such as communities, initiatives and other environmental, indigenous people or women organisations about the UNFCCC and demonstrated the relevance and linkages of the UN climate negotiations with the current situation on the ground. Moreover, the workshop produced demands to transfer climate justice struggles, local needs and impacts of climate policies back to the international level.
“Getting ready to advocate for climate and gender justice at COP24“. Elaboration of a training material – August 2018
In order to successfully pursue the project goals, GenderCC & LIFE have elaborated training materials to provide more technical skills and knowledge. Indeed, we have proposed advocacy training for civil society actors participating at the extra session “SB48-2” in Bangkok in Thailand. This additional session was focused only on items related to the Paris Agreement Work Programme. So we have developed different modules (background of the UNFCCC & Paris Agreement and a special focus on the current status of the PA work programme including more detailed explanations on NDCs, Transparency Framework, Global Stocktake and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement) as part of the materials for the implementation of advocacy training for civil society actors. These training materials provided technical know-how about the possible gender entry points regarding the implementation guidelines and provide background information to strengthen gender justice advocate.
You can find the manual which was updated for COP24 in form of a Power Point, here.
Webinar “Gender Justice in the international climate politics: Getting Ready for SB48” – April 2018
On the 24th of April 2018, partners of the project Not without us! have implemented an international webinar on entry points at the SB48 session. The aim of this webinar was to establish networking opportunities between gender and climate justice activists around the globe and to prepare the SB48 and UNFCC sessions highlighting what is at stake during those sessions.
We looked at the current status of REDD+ and how the program has evolved in Indonesia and Ecuador, we also talked about aspects related to agriculture and gender, the GAP and discussed the integration of gender and human rights into the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement.
In this way, the linkage of those issues with the upcoming negotiations has permitted to share the different climate and gender justice struggles around the world and to underline the results of so called false solutions to the climate crisis.
Thanks for all participants and especially to our moderator, Nanna Birk (from LIFE e.V.), and our speakers Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura (Solidaritas Perempuan), Melissa Moreano (Geografía Crítica Ecuador), Ndivile Mokoena (Gendercc Southern Africa - Women For Climate Justice Network),
Patricia Bohland and Lisa Göldner (GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice e.V.)
The presentation of the webinar is available here.
The Not Without us!-project at COP23
In November 2017 the project team finally met again in Bonn to attend COP23 and contributed to the civil society activities during this COP. Throughout the year each participant has been informing herself about one focal topic that has direct impacts on local level as well as it is negotiated under the UNFCCC. These topics are agriculture, forestry, REDD+, market mechanisms as well as the human rights approach within the APA. Around COP23 the project team organised also two events, one during the People’s Climate Summit "Women for Climate Justice: a workshop for building strategies", where women from grassroots climate movements were able to share their stories and experiences with forestry projects, agricultural corporations and extraction industries. The other event took place as a side event within the Bonn Zone and was organised jointly with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation that also supports the project. The speakers shared their experiences on the local impacts of climate policies and mechanisms offered by the UNFCCC, and explained why they are considered as being false solutions and put forward their demands for more gender-just solutions.
This year, the project will be continued to develop advocacy strategies for each focal topic and demands towards the Parties’ delegations. Find more details on the events here.
Check out the conclusions about the UNFCCC intersessionals of the project team
“Pull out big polluters from business sectors from the negotiations is a very important issue. We need to have a clear definition and indicators to involve only those who are contributing to the solutions of the climate crisis in the negotiation” concluded Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura, participant of the “Not without us!” project after she attended a UNFCCC session first time of her life for one week. Dinda Yura, Ndivile Mokoena and Melissa Moreano summarised their individual experiences of the sessions in three articles (see downloads). Their stories provide you with an impression of the negotiations from an activist’s point of view and you can read about their reflections on the progress (or deadlock?) in their focal topics: Agriculture, REDD+ and conflict of interests within the UNFCCC. They do know what is at stake at local or national level and give you a sense of what is going on at the international level.
Find the article by Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura (Soildaritas Perempuan, Indonesia) about the influence of the fossil fuel industry on the climate negotiations at the right side. The article by Ndivile Mokoena (GenderCC Southern Africa) focuses on the discourse on agriculture and Melissa Moreano (Critical Geography Collective in Ecuador) writes about the developments on REDD+.
Capacity building workshop: Linking gender and climate justice to the UNFCCC process
On 7 May, 2017 GenderCC and LIFE e.V. with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation was hosting a capacity building workshop on how to link struggles for gender and climate justice to the UNFCCC process. The workshop took place ahead of the forty-sixth Session of the Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn. Gender and climate justice activists from different parts of the world came together to develop strategies for linking their work on the ground to the international climate negotiations.
Webinar: "From global to local, linking climate & gender justice struggles to the UNFCCC"
On April 20, the project got underway with a webinar hosted by GenderCC and LIFE e.V. The speakers were Ndivile Mokoena (South Africa), Melissa Moreano (Ecuador), Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura (Indonesia), and Patricia Bohland (Germany), with Nanna Birk (Germany) providing an input on gender advocacy within the UNFCCC, and Kate Cahoon (Australia/Germany) as facilitator. The discussion focused on how their work is connected to the global climate movement and the international climate negotiations, as well as how this space can be used to promote climate justice and gender justice.
The project is a cooperation between GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice and LIFE e.V. It is supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany.