March 15, 2022

CSW66 Position Statement by African Feminists, Women’s Rights, and Civil Society Organizations.

Acknowledging that the current climate crisis is characterized by both sudden and gradual onset environmental impacts such as cyclones, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes, has resulted in 30.7 million displacements in 2020[1]. The impacts and experiences of people affected by climate-induced disasters vary depending on one’s realities as informed by their gender, age, ethnicity, geographical location, disability and social-economic status. Women and men have different patterns of mobility that are deeply embedded in the context of any society, making migration an option for some but not all.

Aware that while everyone experiences the effects of climate change, the intensity varies disproportionately due to the various intersecting forms of oppression. The lived experiences and realities of African women and girls in their diversities have shown a direct relationship between these issues and how people live through various forms of oppression. Gender and other basis of oppression such as race, class, ability, age, sexes, shape and or reproduce vulnerabilities during climate disaster.

Concerned that women and girls are grossly underrepresented in climate decision-making positions at the United Nations global climate
negotiations at all levels.

Acknowledging that gender mainstreaming in climate justice must focus on centering the most marginalized and re-imagining usual gender mainstreaming strategies in climate action while integrating a feminist analysis to recognize and address the root causes of the climate problems and advance just and inclusive solutions.

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