July 2022 | Feminist climate action in the spotlight
For some time now, GAGGA and our network have been emphasizing how the climate and environmental crises require feminist solutions. This year, various actors are starting to recognise this as well. In March, the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) addressed gender equality in the context of climate change and environmental degradation for the first time as its priority theme. U.S.-based philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated unrestricted resources to organisations that support grassroots climate and environmental action — including several women’s and environmental justice funds in the GAGGA network. The most recent assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called for a gender-inclusive, equitable and just response to climate change and affirmed for the first time the value of Indigenous and local knowledge.
Amid this growing spotlight on social justice and feminist climate action, GAGGA has recently seized on opportunities to amplify our partners’ work on the global level — launching our annual #WeWomenAreWater campaign on International Women’s Day and co-hosting five virtual sessions around CSW66. We also celebrated a win in Guatemala for local communities in the microregion of Ixquisis against false climate solutions. These events have led to increased visibility of our gender and climate justice agenda among donors, policymakers and the general public, opening more pathways for GAGGA and partners to make our collective voices heard and strengthen collaborations.