GCAP and the Feminist Task Force are launching a set of Women and Climate Justice Tribunals. For information on each tribunal please refer to the list on the right hand side of this page.
Starting in October, 15 countries around the world – Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, El Salvador, Ghana, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Uganda, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Zambia- will host ‘Women’s Hearings on Gender and Climate Justice’ based on the recognition that although women play a central role in providing effective responses to the challenges imposed by climate change in their communities – their voices are not being adequately heard in the debates around climate change at the national, regional or international level.
Dedicated to the work and legacy of Prof. Wangari Maathai, the Climate Hearings aim to facilitate authentic, specific and exemplary testimonies from women - with a focus on up scaling local solutions and bringing the voices of those most affected to the national and international level ahead of the COP17 Summit that will be held in Durban, South Africa at the end of this year.
Full coverage of the tribunals can be found at this web address:
Rural and indigenous women in northern Argentina, hit hard by the expanding agricultural frontier, deforestation and the spraying of toxic pesticides, spoke out about their problems and set forth proposals for discussion at the next global summit on climate change. They did so at the Women’s Hearing on Gender and Climate Justice 2011-Argentina, held Tuesday Oct. 11 in Resistencia, the capital of Chaco province, 950 km north of Buenos Aires, attended by representatives of organisations from the northern 10 of the country's 23 provinces.
The Women’s Hearing on Gender and Climate Justice will be on 30th October in Bangladesh. Ahead of the climate hearing, local hearings are being organized in five different climate vulnerable areas of Bangladesh. Four of these have been completed as of 17 October, and a fifth will be held on 19 October in the coastal area of Noakhali. The Jury of the Hearing represents expertise in the field of environment, economics, women’s rights and the legal field and includes at this stage Dr. Khalequzzaman, Dr. Hamida Hossain, Retired Justice Golam Robbani, Dr. Atique Rahman and Rasheda K Chowdhury.
DR Congo shelters 60% of the global of forests of the Congo basin. Millions of Congolese (or 60 millions that make the population of DR Congo) depend on forest for their cultural and physical living. According to FAO, the rate of deforestation in DR Congo was of about 0.6% in 1997 and of 0.3% in 2006. In the East of DR Congo, more precisely in the mining city of Kamituga in South Kivu Province, mining has greatly contributed to deforestation – depleting the forest cover and diminishing the agricultural productivity of the region due to erosion of soil. Women walk long distances in search of fertile grounds, cultivable space or firewood.
The Women’s Hearing provides an opportunity for rural women to call out to local and world leaders on the danger that climate change presents in their area, while also showing that they are not merely victims but also key to the agenda in search of solutions to climate attenuation and adaptation. The Hearing will take place on 17 October in Kamitgua, DRC.
The events planned in El Slavador have been cancelled due to the flooding that has taken place. An update from Marta Benavides has been posted regarding these tragic events. Please look for updates on thise space regarding rescheduling of the tribunals.
The Women’s Hearing will be organized in Accra, Ghana on 17 October, coinciding with the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It seeks to provide a forum to bring all key stakeholders together to assess country’s situations and performance on climate change and give a verdict on it.
A photo exhibition and footages will showcase the images and voices captured from the field will be showcased as part of this effort. A delegation comprising mostly of women will officially present copies of the report to the Ministers of the Ministry of Women and Children, and Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology respectively at a round table media event, to influence negotiations and plans of action on climate change at the national as well as the international level especially during COP17 and Rio+ 20.
In India, a National Action Plan (NAP) on Climate Change has been designed and several states have also proposed State Action Plans aimed at dealing with the impacts of climate change. These plans are yet to be analysed with respect to the provision of sustainable alternatives for the most vulnerable communities who depend on forests, water bodies and agriculture land as their main livelihood and resource, including rural and tribal communities and most especially women who are directly involved with the management and use of natural resources in their daily lives.
The Women’s Hearing on Gender and Climate Justice aims to identify and document grassroots alternatives of climate adaptation that could be shared at a national level, alongside a gender review of the National and 04 State Action Plans on Climate Change. The national hearing will be held in Nagpur, India on 14 November 2011.
In the rural areas of Zambia, communities are highly dependent on biomass for their energy and livelihoods. However in the face of climate change, their ability to procure this indispensable resource is reduced. The declining biodiversity does not only cripple the material welfare and livelihood of people, it also cripples access to security, resilience, social relations, health and freedom of choices and action.
Interventions to cope with these changes among women in Zambia include water management and growing of crops that are drought and flood tolerant, such as rice grown in the Zambezi plains. The Women’s Hearing in Zambia will be held on Sunday, 16 October and focus on identifying women’s solutions to climate change in Choma, Chongwe and Chibombo districts. It will aim to bring the innovations that women are leading in their communities to the attention of the Zambian government.