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A note on feminism, Feminist Foreign Policy and the Climate Crisis
As with every crisis, it is the most marginalised people whose livelihood and security is threatened most severely by the climate crisis. Furthermore, the gendered dimensions of the crisis are often ignored or downplayed. Increasingly at most conferences and climate actions, people highlight the importance of gender inclusivity and the importance and value of women experts – however there is only very little progress. Can Feminist Foreign Policy, as adopted and implemented by the German, Mexican, and many other governments and promoted by feminist civil society, be a driver for change?
A Feminist Foreign Policy acknowledges that tackling the climate crisis and achieving climate justice are deeply connected to pathways to feminist peace. The same systems that oppress women and other marginalised groups are the very systems that destroy our planet. For FFP advocates it has always been clear: We need policy solutions that are intersectional, justice-focused, and human-centred. The concept of Feminist Foreign Policy is here to offer exactly that.
COP27 brought forth important decisions and steps with regard to loss and damage. But it is safe to say that the conference was a huge disappointment when it came to the gender negotiations, which almost completely failed during the conference (from a civil society perspective). Thus, the hopes but also the stakes are high for this year’s conference in Dubai.
To create momentum for feminist demands and gender equity at COP28, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) and the Federal Foreign Office, together with other partners, will host a high-level, critical, and feminist event focusing on the connection between Feminist Foreign Policy and the climate crisis, bringing together the voices of various feminists from all over the world. The event will shed light on the need for critical gender negotiations but also the implementation of a gender lens in all areas discussed at COP, and be a starting point to forge alliances among committed Feminist Foreign Policy enthusiasts to unite around gender equity at COP28.
- Jennifer Morgan
State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action, German Federal Foreign Office
- Ayshka Najib
Climate justice activist from UAE
- Nesmah Mansoor
Communications and Advocacy Officer / Focal Point for Feminist Climate Justice, Peace Track Initiative
- Sheena Anderson
Programme Manager, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP)
Additional speaker tbc:
- Katie Gallus
International Moderator & Geographer
Event Hosts: The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) & the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
Date & Time: 1 December 2023, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (UTC+4)
Venue: German Pavilion in Zone A of the Blue Zone (Building OA02 | Pavilion Number OA02G1)