Press Conference: Women Speak Out on Climate Justice
An all-women speakers panel stressed that women are more harshly affected by the climate crisis as well as articulated the demands of women, particularly those from the South, to the climate negotiators meeting during the UNFCCC Bangkok Intersessionals.
A press conference organized by JSAPMDD was held on April 4 with an all-women speakers panel to stress that women are more harshly affected by the climate crisis as well as to articulate the demands of women, particularly those from the South, to the climate negotiators meeting during the UNFCCC Bangkok Intersessionals.
Wardarina of Solidaritas Perempuan Indonesia and speaking on behalf of JSAPMDD was joined by Meena Raman of Friends of the Earth International and Anne Maina of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance with Faikham Harnnarong of the Thai Working Group for Climate Justice serving as moderator.
"Impacts of climate change are not gender neutral. The impacts of climate change and solutions offered come into existing social relations that are subordinating women. Climate change and false solutions offered by the climate regime have prolonged the gender injustices and feminization of poverty," said Wardarina.
Wardarina also said that women need to challenge and be actively engaged in the climate negotiations and hold the US and rich countries accountable for their historical responsibilities.
Meena Raman, on the other hand, talked about what women want given the developments of the negotiations. "A top-down approach with binding targets, like that envisioned in the Kyoto process must be agreed this year. Women of the South reject the pledge and review system being pushed by rich developed countries as it makes further climate impacts inevitable and shifts the burden of cutting emissions to poor women across Asia, Africa and Latin America."
Anne Maina said that: "In climate change induced disasters, it is primarily the poor who have suffered the most, the majority of which are women. This is the result of women's marginalized status and dependence on local natural resources, which in turn increase their domestic burdens."
The panelists said women of the South demand no less than a full integration of gender perspective and women's meaningful active participation in all aspects of climate change, including asserting climate justice on the issue of mitigation and climate finance, with the call for: polluters to pay their dues; a rejection of the pledge and review system; and reparations for climate debt.