Not without us!

Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics

“Not without us!” was launched in 2017. Its activities highlight the importance and necessity of gender equality in international and national climate politics as well as within the climate justice movement and its discourses. It focuses on networking, knowledge transfer and capacity building of women activists from Ecuador, South Africa and Indonesia.

The Not without us! team is promoting an understanding of gender justice in different spheres – we are participate in the UNFCCC meetings with side events, actions, interventions and many discussions as well as in the climate justice movement.

Chosen activists and gender experts from environmental groups and women’s organisations, primarily from the Global South, are supported in their attempts to connect local struggles for climate and gender justice with the UNFCCC process, thus enabling networking with other actors. As “multipliers” they are able to translate and communicate the international climate negotiation process back to their own organisations and local contexts at the same time.

Local Workshop at the Climate Camp Leipzig 2019

At the Climate Camp Leipzig (Pödelwitz) 2019 in the context of the 5th Degrowth Summer School we conducted the workshop ‘A Feminist Approach to Climate Policy & Body Mapping – Learning from Feminists from the Global South’ as part of a 4-day gender & climate change course. The summer school took place in support of the resident resistance in Pödelwitz which is threatened by excavation, as well as of people all over the world whose villages and livelihoods are threatened by the consequences of climate change. The local workshop focused on the application of the Body Mapping Method to the processes of climate change. Together with the participants we explored the method’s use for the empowerment of the climate movement in Germany and for a feminist climate policy agenda. We got to know the method through our colleague Melissa from Ecuador. Its origins are linked to indigenous communities who are known as communitarian feminist.

Engagement during SB50

The project team was invovled in various activities and discussions. Besides advocating gender and climate justice, we specifically focused on the entry points in Article 6, on discussions around NDCs, agriculture and gender just implementation of climate action. Read here for more details.

Webinar: Getting ready for the SB 50

To be well-prepared for the SB 50 we organised a webinar on June 12th for gender & climate justice advocates. It gives an overview of the upcoming session and its gender entry points. It further focusses on Article 6 of the PA and the NDCs and briefly explained the work of the Women and Gender Constituency. The recording will follow soon!



Reflections of the rulebook from a human rights perspective: ‘progress of the day’ at the German Pavilion at COP24

On December 5th LIFE & GenderCC conducted ‘progress of the day’ at the German Pavilion. The aim was to focus gender equality and human rights in the PAWP. The speakers specifically looked at the NDCs, Article 6 and to adapt communication towards a human rights and gender perspective. 


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

On December 11th Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung held a side event at the COP venue together with GenderCC and LIFE. The side event panellists discussed how Just Transition (as the COP’s theme) can 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 December 3rd the project team gave a workshop at the civil society space – the Greenpeace Climate Hub – in Katowice. The idea was to create a participatory space where a method of ‘body mapping’ used by local and indigenous communities in the Amazon region was jointly tried out by an international audience. 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 recognise personal strengths and common grounds in fighting against what oppresses us. The conceptual background is communitarian and indigenous feminism.


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

The public panel discussion on November 30th organised by GenderCC and LIFE together with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin showcased the importance of gender just climate politics at the Denkerei in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The title of the event was inspired by Naomi Klein’s book ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’. The panel discussed perspectives from their various local contexts. Whilst the issues differed greatly from setting to setting all speakers made a strong and unified case for the centrality of intersectionality in climate solutions.

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.  








Linking local struggles in Ecuador to COP24

Our team member Melissa Moreano from the Critical Geography Collective of Ecuador produced an exciting short clip. “Not without us! Linking local struggles in Ecuador to COP24” briefly outlines the interlinkages between the negotiations at the international climate change conferences and what is happening in local communities in Ecuador. Watch the video here.

Meet the “Not without us!” team

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

Training Materials

Gender Justice Advocacy Training

For the UN Climate Change discussions in Bangkok (SB48.2) in September 2019 we elaborated a training material “Gender Justice Advocacy Training COP24“. This material aimed to provide background information to strengthen gender justice advocates. It provides technical know-how about the possible gender entry points regarding the implementation guidelines. The training was updated for COP24 in Katowice. 

Manifests & Statements

Manifest from Ecuadorian Women for Climate Justice 

During the local project workshop that took place beginning of November in Amupaking Archidona (Amazonas in Ecuador) indigenous women from the country affected by REDD+ projects came together. They shared their experiences from REDD and its implications for indigenous communities, especially women. At the end of the workshop they produced a manifesto. This manifesto reveals the 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).