“The only thing that is clear is what we are experiencing: a state of emergency, with repression, with a lack of constitutional rights, with authoritarianism — for a large part of the population who are living it.“
— Yoseling Guardado, Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local, El Salvador
Women environmental defenders have been planting the seeds for a better future that prioritizes the wellbeing of all people and the planet over profit, fighting for their rights to defend our environment and the sustainability of life. Now more than ever in the face of COVID-19, there is an urgent need to support their struggles; if the protection of their human rights isn’t prioritized, we are putting our movements and opportunities to create positive systems change at risk.
In more than 60 audio recordings, our partners in Latin America, Asia and Africa shared similar challenges of repression, exclusion, violence and food insecurity exacerbated by the pandemic. Many of the governments from the countries where partners work are using the cover of coronavirus measures to clamp down on rights and push out policies that further marginalize and discriminate, as well as relax environmental regulations. Click play on the 14-minute audio and listen to our partners’ experiences of this in their own words, from 11 countries across the GAGGA network (translated subtitles provided).
You can read a message on these audio stories from the Executive Directors of GAGGA’s alliance members here, and listen to our partners and allies speak about alternative economies, food sovereignty and other topics below:
Terms of Reference Visual identity and graphic design for the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action BACKGROUND The Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) is a grassroots focused, southern led alliance that sets out to strengthen and unify the capabilities of grassroots groups and movements to lobby and advocate with and […]
A message from our executive directors on COVID-19
“I think that this is a difficult situation for all of us; we are experiencing it from different contexts and situations and places, but it’s in these times that we give a new significance to the word ‘community’ and we claim our right to organize; to give each other a hug as sisters, and […]
“Let’s exchange products, seeds, services. We can take care of a neighbor’s elderly relative for a while, or her child, so that she can go out to do another activity in solidarity… Let’s not fall into that logic of confinement and isolation. Because that will not help us to remedy a crisis — on […]