Rural and Indigenous Women for Climate Justice in the Post-Pandemic World
5/8/2022 al 30/6/2023
On August 5th, the project "Rural and Indigenous Women for Climate Justice in the Post Pandemic World" was launched at the French Embassy in Buenos Aires. This project, a priority for the European Union and the Argentine government, is funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) through the Euroclima+ fund and implemented by the Foro del Sur Foundation.
Following the dynamics established at a national level through the endorsement of the Escazu regional agreement, this is the first initiative to bring together representatives from two sectors particularly concerned with the challenges posed by the deterioration of the usual balance of nature: women who manage different agri-food systems and representatives of the judiciary. This is a key connection regarding disputes caused by the deterioration of environmental conditions, the perpetuation of gender biases and structural inequalities that hinder access to justice and the effective law enforcement.
First, these voices will result in the creation of a Network of Indigenous, Rural, Women Prosecutors and Judges for Climate Justice. This unprecedented initiative will focus on the development of strategies to mitigate the impact of global warming, not only on the preservation of their means of production and livelihoods, but also on the survival of their cultures and cosmovision. The network will be built through meetings in the sectors involved in different provinces of the country, in order to identify and exchange personal experiences and community practices on the various topics suggested: water, soil, food security and nutrition, waste and opportunities for green jobs.
The initiative has the strategic support of AMJA - Association of Women Judges of Argentina, made up of female judges, prosecutors, magistrates and civil servants who will share their knowledge to identify climate change-related rights.
In addition, a University Degree will be devised to enhance the skills of indigenous and rural women, which will strengthen their knowledge and provide them with new tools to develop their role as facilitators and leaders in their communities more competently.
Finally, the exchange of experiences, the compilation of regulations and jurisprudence, and the technical knowledge gathered will be made available to the public, with the groundbreaking creation of the Virtual Library on Gender and Climate Justice.
Furthermore, the project emerges at a key moment in the negotiations on the global agenda, on the road to COP27, where the international community is reinforcing its commitment to the issue of climate justice. Lastly, the initiative is fully integrated into the framework of the 15th Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will take place from November 7 to 11 in Argentina.
 Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, signed in September 2018, and ratified by Argentina in January 2021.
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