Women Act for Climate Justice: Ten Days of Global Mobilization

Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International
The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. For Our Earth and Future Generations A project of Women's Earth and Climate Caucus and its partner eraGlobal Alliance

Belen Paez and Patricia Gualinga of Ecuador speak out against violence against women, and for action to keep fossil fuels in the ground in the Amazon.

‘Women Act for Climate Justice — Ten Days of Global Mobilization’, a decentralized action campaign co-sponsored by the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, and the Global Women's Call for Climate Justice was an opportunity for diverse women and girls around the world to organize together and show our resistance to environmental and social degradation. 

From October 28 to November 6, 2016 diverse global women spoke out and took action to highlight the climate impacts our communities are facing and our resistance struggles; demand drastic change away from unjust neoliberal economic and development systems; and demonstrate the many effective, just and safe climate solutions, strategies and political calls that are being implemented by women and girls around the world on a daily basis. 

Women must be at the core of all climate and ecological sustainability policy, planning and implementation if we are to have a safe, equitable, just and livable future. 

The 2016 ‘Women Act for Climate Justice’ campaign was called in advance of the November 2016 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - COP22 Conference in Marrakech, as part of efforts to ensure a sustained civil society presence and stand strong to demand that all government’s road maps ahead to originate in a climate justice framework, and with respect to human, Indigenous and women’s rights, and gender, social, economic and ecological justice. 

The 2016 ‘Women Act for Climate Justice: 10 Days of Global Mobilization’ campaign is intended to provide a powerful tool for highlighting many of the just and safe climate strategies/solutions of women and girls from around the world, and put forward legal and policy demands as governments meet to act upon the 2015 Paris Agreement, showing the collective actions and voices of global women for climate justice and solutions in the lead up to, during and far beyond the UNFCCC.

Women in the Almora and Nainital areas of India gather for a day of seed saving and trading.

How to Take Action – We welcome participation of individuals, groups and organizations around the globe, through decentralized local action in your community

Level One -  Photo and Statement

  • Take a photo of yourself and/or a group holding up sign[s] with messages about the climate impacts your community is facing, your solutions, and/or your message to world governments in advance of COP22. We encourage participants to take their action photo at a meaningful location, such as a site of pollution, extraction and profit, or a place of continued struggle, resistance and hope.

Example messages include:  “Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground”, 'Keep the oil in the soil', 'No Gender Justice without Climate and Ecological Justice',"No Climate Justice, Without Gender Justice",  “Water is Life”, 'No Healthy Oceans, no Life";“Climate Justice Now”, “Women for 100% Renewable Energy”,"#WomenClimateJustice is our name, Resistance is our aim" 'Communities own seeds, never corporations', "I'm Fighting for my planet -Lets connect!",“System Change, Not Climate Change”. We want to hear YOUR voice - get creative! 

Level Two – Escalated Action (Optional)

A second, optional level of escalated action involves organizing town-hall or village meetings, vigils and demonstrations, rallies, sit-ins, marches, educational events, art projects, and other actions and statements to showcase local struggles and solutions being offered by women leaders and their communities.

  • Work in your community, such as starting a seed bank, planting a street verge/ food security free garden, community garden, installing a solar panel, cleaning up a public space, planting fruit and shade trees.
  • Organize an educational event or campaign online or in your village, district, school, workplace, local council, women's group, community hall, town hall.
  • Record a short video about the climate harms in your life and community, and/or solutions you or your community/organization are offering.
  • Organize a sit-in, march, demonstration, protest or other non-violent direct action at sites of extraction, places of corporate destruction, pollution and profit, and/or sites of positive resistance and solutions.
  • Get creative!

Local and regional groups are encouraged to use the campaign outcomes and solidarity efforts in all regions, to amplify climate justice issues in their own contexts, and their own ways.

Add Your Voice – Submit an Action

Members of WoMin - African Women United Against Destructive Resource Extraction take action in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Unifying demands (include but are not limited to):

  • Recognize and act upon the fact that gender justice, human rights and climate justice are inseparable.
  • Hold governments accountable to 1.5 degree Celsius warming cap target as stated in the Paris Agreement.
  •  Ensure the implementation of just, safe and effective solutions and rally to expose false solutions.
  • Keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just transition to 100% safe renewables.
  • Protect and uphold the rights of Indigenous people, women of all ages and diversities including women human rights defenders, and front-line land and ocean defenders.
  • Cancel plans for future carbon developments and deforestation.
  • Demand gender just and equitable climate solutions.
  • Call for and create dramatic and urgent reduction in production and consumption patterns by everyone, including and especially by those who have contributed the most to this problem from the developed world.
  • Demand a radical shift away from our current extractive economic model based on unfettered economic growth.
  • Call for Feminist Fossil Fuel Free Futures, new economic and governance systems that are equitable, just and sustainable.
  • Reject the involvement of the private sector in climate change discussions without first ensuring its accountability for past emissions and regulating its future actions, including their GHG emissions.
  • Regulate non-state actors to ensure accountability and transparency, particularly of transnational corporations and public-private partnerships.
  • Call for accountability, responsibility, remedies and action by the perpetrators, i.e. rich industrialised countries and their big transnational corporations.

We want to make a strong stand together and have our voices and actions heard! What many have known for generations is becoming more clear by the day. We are all connected to each other, and to this Earth.​ As​ ​we forge complex, necessary and powerful bonds of support, solidarity, love and resistance - we continue to build an unstoppable women’s climate justice movement.

Another world is necessary, and it is on its way. We do not give up on this beautiful planet.

For more information contact: 

Emily Arasim emily@wecaninternational.org
Juliana Velez - juliana@wedo.org