Women, environment and sustainable development are an indivisible whole. The climate agreements must incorporate the gender approach as urban and rural women in developing countries are on the first line of defense and profoundly affected by climate change. Women are under-represented in climate negotiations and their participation in policy development in this sector is very low.
The Declaration on Gender and Climate of the Mediterranean Women was adopted by the participants to MEDCOP Climate in Tangier on 18 and 19 July 2016 and signed by over 200 organizations and personalities, including the Foundation and many member organizations of its network of networks (see attachment).
The Foundation will be present at the UN Conference on climate, COP 22, in Marrakech from 8 to 16 November 2016, to defend the inclusion of women's voices in the climate change mitigation. With support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), the Foundation intervenes several times:
- November 8 at 11.30am : Side-event "Gender and climate justice : the good practices to deal with climate change" organized by the Jean Jaurès Foundation, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies - FEPS, the Federation of Women’s Rights’ Leagues ‘ (FLDF) and Terre Policy Center.
- On November 13, at 11am: Caravan of water carriers in the streets of Marrakech organized by the Forum Femmes Méditerranée.
- On November 13, at 2pm: Participation in the march for climate organized by the Moroccan Coalition for Climate Justice at El Harti
- On November 14 at 9am: Workshop "Feminists for Climate Justice" organized by Adéquations and the Feminist Network "Ruptures", the Foundation for African women, and the Nomad University and the Genre en Action Network.
- On November 14 at 11am: Panel discussion "Gender, climate action and green finance: new alliances for effective action against climate change and easy access to climate finance", organized by the French Platform Gender and development in partnership with Enda Europe, Care France, WECF, OECD, Adéquations, Climate and development Network with the support of the MAEDI.
- On November 15, at 4pm: "The resilience of Mediterranean women" work of the Network of Women Faced with the Climate Changes in the Mediterranean (Réseau Femmes Face aux Défis des Changements Climatiques en Méditerranée - RFFDCC)
- On 16 November at 3.30pm in the framework of Agenda solutions, "Gender and Climate: Summary of the work of the RFFDCC".
The Foundation also supports the initiatives of the Federation of Women's Rights’ Leagues from Morocco (FLDF) - Marrakech-Safi section that coordinates the local cluster of gender equality actors© under the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacity of the actors working for equality" of the project “Women for the future in the Mediterranean”, funded by the MAEDI, coordinated by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, and as part of the project "Developing Women’s Empowerment" labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.
During and after the COP22, the FLDF raises the awareness of the policy-makers on the impact of climate change on the lives of rural women in the region of Marrakech.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.