Not without us!

Climate Justice and Gender Justice in International Climate Politics

The aim of this project is to advocate for gender responsive climate policies in order to address gender equality as a cross cutting issue. Climate change is one of the biggest crises the world is facing today. It is widely recognized that the impacts of climate change are threatening human and social rights every day. Unfortunately, it is more difficult to understand that climate policies can also threaten rights. For effective, transformative and ambitious climate action it has to be gender responsive and people centered. Therefore activists from Ecuador, South Africa, Indonesia and Germany advocate for gender responsive climate policies.

Climate change is about people. But especially the ones most affected by it, are not adequately represented when the world talks about responses and solutions.

Not without us therefore supports selected female activists from three different continents: from Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesia), Geografía Crítica (Ecuador) and GenderCC South Africa. They are supported in advocacy, capacity building and networking in order to gain more visibility for their gender just solutions and showing the impacts of so-called false solutions to the climate crisis. In their respective countries and communities, the participants are dedicated to different topics as forests and opposing REDD+, agriculture and women’s rights. The activists are supported at brining local voices to the UNFCCC process – the UN climate change conferences. There they have the possibility to be recognized as important actors, to network with other national and international actors, to make demands.

At the same time, they act as multipliers and bring the gained experience and international discourse back into their own organizations. Additionally, our project aims at identifying the impacts of international climate policies on gender relations at the local level. Local stakeholder workshops and exchange within and among organizations have increased awareness and knowledge about gender, climate change and international climate policies.

The project will continue in 2019 – more updates will follow soon!

Reflections of the rulebook from a human rights perspective – progress of the day at the German Pavilion at COP24

On Friday, 5th December LIFE & GenderCC conducted ‘progress of the day’ at the German Pavilion. Aim was to talk about gender equality and human rights in the PAWP. The speakers specifically looked at the NDCs, Article 6 and adaptation communication from a human rights and gender perspective. 


From local approaches to (inter)national policy: Gender Just Transition and Decent Work – side event at COP24

On 11 December 2018 Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, together with GenderCC and LIFE held a side event at the COP venue. As this COP had a particular focus on just transition the panellists of this side event discussed about how Just Transition is to contribute to greater equality and justice. Activists from three different regions provided examples about the needs and conjunctions of feminist and just transition movements in their countries. 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.

Speakers were: Avril De Torres, CEED; Patricia Bohland, GenderCC; Jaron Browne, Grassroots Global Justice; Dunja Krause, UNRISD. Facilitation: Nadja Charaby, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.


Women for Climate Justice: Local Struggles, Global Actions – workshop at COP24  Greenpeace Climate Hub

On Monday 3 December the project team implemented a workshop at the civil society space – the Greenpeace Climate Hub – in Katowice. The idea 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. This ‘body mapping’ methodology is used in Ecuador with local and indigenous communities.  Melissa Moreano explained: “Our body is our first territory!”- The methodology 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 is the communitarian and indigenous feminism.


Patriarchy vs. the climate: Why there is no climate justice without feminism

The public panel discussion on Friday, 30 November 2018 in Berlin showcased the importance of gender just climate politics. One day before travelling to COP24 in Katowice, GenderCC and LIFE together with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation organized a panel discussion at Denkerei in Kreuzberg, Berlin as part of the project activity. The title of the event was inspired by Naomi Klein’s book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” The panel talked about their success stories, why it is important to consider intersectionality in climate solutions and to continuously demand other policies, a change of the economic system, social justice and equal rights. The invitation was widely distributed through different channels and can be found attached to this report.

Speakers on the panel: Ndivile Mokoena (GenderCC Southern Africa), Melissa Moreano (Critical Geographers Collective Ecuador), Ilana Krause (Ende Gelände), Lorenz Gösta Beutin (member of the parliament, DIE LINKE).


Local workshops in South Africa, Ecuador & Indonesia

One key area of activity of this project is to strengthen the three participants in their role as multipliers: on the one hand they inform the local level (communities, initiatives, organizations etc) on the relevance and demonstrate the linkages of the UN climate negotiations with the current situation on the ground. On the other hand they transfer climate justice struggles, local demands, local impacts of climate policies back to the international level. To put this into practice the  everyone implemented a local workshop in her region. All workshops took place from July to November 2018. The workshops captured the impressions, demands and positions of the people on the local level that and linked them to the international discourse.


Capacity Building Workshop in Bonn

On Sunday May 6, 2018 from 12 to 6 pm we held our second Capacity Building Workshop in Bonn. The aim was to create a common knowledge base about the state of negotiations and other relevant activities during the first week of SB48. The workshop gave an overview of the upcoming agenda of the three different UNFCCC bodies (APA, SBI, SBSTA) as well as short explanations of the relevant agenda items of the bodies. It also included a report back from the first week as well as a trajectory of this important year.


Gender Justice in the international climate politics: Getting Ready for SB48 – webinar

On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 we implemented our 1 ½ hour long international webinar. Patricia Bohland started giving an update on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement as well as on the current status of the negotiations under APA (Ad-hoc working group of the Paris Agreement) and in order to identify entry points for human rights language including gender equality. Melissa Moreano spoke about REDD+, fossil fuels and women: she highlighted the effects of REDD+ in communities in Ecuador and talked about the gender-based violence and other effects on women. Dinda Nuurannisaa Yura continued to describe the situation of REDD+ in Indonesia and presented the differences compared to social forestry. Ndivile Mokoena talked about Agro-Ecology at local level and her understanding for real climate smart agriculture in South Africa. Afterwards Lisa Göldner from GenderCC gave the audience an update on the Gender Action Plan that has been adopted during COP23. The webinar was facilitated by Nanna Birk, LIFE.  







Meet the “Not without us!” team

During COP24 Katowice – we recorded some of our activities. Click here for a snapshot

Manifest from indigenous women from Ecuador calling for climate justice

In November 2018 indigenous women from the country affected by REDD+ projects came together in Amupaking Archidona (Ecuador) for a local ‘Not without us’ project workshop. REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and is a marked mechanism developed by Parties to the UNFCCC. It creates financial value for the carbon stored in forests and offers results-based payments for developing countries. During the workshop indigenous women shared their experiences from REDD+ and its implications for their communities, especially women and produced a manifesto. This manifesto reveals problems caused by REDD and highlights the women demands.See for the english translation here.

Experiences and statements after the first participation at a UN climate change conference

After Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura (Solidaritas Perempuan), Melissa Moreano (Critical Geopgrahy Collective) and Ndivile Mokoena (GenderCC Women for Climate Justice South Africa) attended their first UNFCCC session they summarised their impressions of the negotiations in a statement. Their statements focus on Agriculture, REDD+ and the discussion around conflict of interests within the UNFCCC.

Melissa: My week at the SB46 of the UNFCCC: REDD+ and oil

Dinda: Conflict of Interest in UNFCCC: Pull Out Polluters from Negotiation

Ndivile: Food Sovereignty and UNFCCC: Taking local struggles to the international level



Supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ).