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711, 2018

#MindTheGAP demonstration: feminists calling for a robust Gender Action Plan (GAP) as an outcome of the climate negotiations (COP23)

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, APWLD, Climate, COP, Outreach, Press release|0 Comments

Press Release: Women & Gender Constituency hosts an action during the climate negotiations  COP 23, Bonn, Germany 07 November 2017  WHAT On Tuesday November 7, 2017, the Women and Gender Constituency of the UNFCCC hosted an interactive ACTION at COP23 to highlight the importance of the Gender Action Plan (GAP) and reinforce our demands for the negotiations. We held an aerobics class to remind COP23 to metaphorically #MindtheGap. Gender inequality is exacerbated by climate change, and addressing the two issues in tandem is of extreme importance for all individuals. The Women and Gender Constituency views a comprehensive, targeted and resourced two-year gender action plan (GAP) as a critical outcome for COP23, in order to urgently advance gender-responsive and human-rights based climate policy and action. The WGC has outlined clearly that the GAP must be an instrument that effectively supports the overall goal of an urgent transition from a deeply unjust fossil-fuel based economy to a more sustainable, just and equitable model [...]

711, 2018

Forest Cover 53 – Leaving no one behind: Community rights and biodiversity conservation

By | November 7th, 2018|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate, Energy, GFC, News, Outreach|0 Comments

Welcome to Forest Cover No. 53, the Global Forest Coalition newsletter that provides a space for Southern and Northern environmental justice activists to present their views on international forest-related policies. In this 53rd edition of Forest Cover, published in the run-up to the Convention on Biodiversity’s December discussions on biodiversity conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals, we focus on why it is critical that no one is left behind, which has been chosen as Agenda 2030’s central theme. When it comes to intergovernmental and national efforts to conserve biodiversity and related sustainable development goals, little attention has so far been paid to the valuable contributions made by Indigenous Peoples and local communities, especially women. After all, most degraded areas are located outside their territories. In this issue, we look to Indigenous Peoples and communities around the world—including in Ghana, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Nepal and Tanzania—and their wealth of knowledge and experience about [...]

1810, 2018

Guahory women fight for the earth

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Biodiversity, Gender equality, GFC, News, Outreach|0 Comments

By Fernando Franceschelli and Ines Franceschelli, Henoi and Global Forest Coalition A World Food Sovereignty Day photo-essay about the impacts of toxic agribusiness in Paraguay and the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement On World Food Day, we bring you this photo-essay, which tells the story of rural women from the community of Guahory, in Paraguay, and their struggle against the impacts of agribusiness. Although Paraguay is a country with extraordinary natural wealth and a small population of 7 million inhabitants, it is home to 2 million poor and 800,000 malnourished people. Over 1.6 million women of childbearing age suffer from anemia. These shocking statistics are due to the fact that agribusiness exercises control over our national territory. These corporations have turned Paraguay into an agri-livestock enterprise that produces commodities for export rather than food for local people. Agribusiness occupies 94% of the cultivated land in Paraguay. It has been deforesting and contaminating our [...]

1510, 2018

1.5°C is possible: gender just climate solutions are showing the way!

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Climate, News, Press release, WECF|0 Comments

Press release: for immediate release According to the recently released report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have 12 years left to take radical action to prevent global warming from rising beyond 1.5°C. Radical action is what the Women and Gender Constituency has been demanding for years. And we are proud to showcase impressive, relevant and gender just climate solutions which are already happening on all continents. Look out for this year’s winners of the Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards: they will be announced during the upcoming UN Climate Conference, COP24 in Katowice, in December. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions much faster than we have done so far, while aiming for a transformative, inclusive and sustainable development model requires massive commitments, including much more financial and technological resources for the right solutions: the solutions that put respect of people's rights and the integrity of the planet first. In reality, the [...]

1510, 2018

#Ruralwomen: join our Women2030 campaign!

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Gender equality, GFC, News, Outreach, WECF|0 Comments

It is the International Day of Rural Women on Monday today. Every year, October 15th commemorates the crucial role of rural women and girls, including Indigenous women and girls in contributing to sustainable development, rural livelihoods, food, climate resilience and wellbeing. This year, #Women2030 is highlighting the harsh impacts of unsustainable industries and development on rural women, and the need to support rural women-led solutions. Join us, share your own content, or use our suggestions below.   About our campaign Backed by neoliberal policies and the corporate free trade model, we are seeing unsustainable production that benefits transnational corporations at the expense of rural women and their communities. Industrial agriculture and livestock production, for example, continues to drive deforestation and biodiversity loss, with its hazardous pesticides compromising the health of rural women. Additionally, development projects that fail to include the perspectives of rural women in decision-making are often displacing communities and degrading [...]

1010, 2018

Congratulations Sascha! Named thirty-third most influential sustainability fighter in the Netherlands

By | October 10th, 2018|Categories: Climate, Gender equality, News, WECF|0 Comments

We are greatly honoured to receive the news that our project partner WECF's Executive Director Sascha Gabizon have been named the thirty-third (out of 100) most influential persons in the fight for sustainability in the Netherlands by Trouw Green. Trouw Green is a Dutch daily newspaper and this is the tenth year they are running this award where they list the hundred most influential sustainability persons in the Netherlands. The newspaper writes the following: "WECF is not very well known as an organization, says Gabizon. 'That is not the goal either.' She prefers to put the local women's organizations in the limelight, so that they get more control over environmental policies and climate finance. Gabizon counts 'connecting' to its best qualities. It brings people in contact, but also ensures that money ends up with sustainable projects where it is needed. Whether in Africa, Eastern Europe or in the Netherlands. 'Yes, we are also active [...]

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