Gender and Climate Justice – Knowledge for Empowerment – Vienna Report

Informative report of a knowledge building event held in Vienna on 2-3 June 2023 in the framework of the COPGENDERED Erasmus+ project of WIDE+ and partners. Download of the report -> ReportCOPGendered2023

The Report contains summaries of the following lectures and exercises:

  • Anke Schaffartzik: „Global resource use – climate change and inequalities in the use of natural resources between the global North and South; extractivism and international trade relations; intersecting inequalities“ (Lecture)
  • Patricia Muñoz Cabrera: „Climate justice – Indigenous women’s struggle against the rush for ‚white gold‘ (lithium) in the Andes“ (Lecture)
  • Daniela Paredes-Grijalva: „Climate-induced forced migration“ (Group work: […]

Gender and Climate Justice: Knowledge for Empowerment

Erasmus+ project in cooperation with WIDE +

The COPGENDERED project builds up tools, knowledge and methodologies for learners to upskill themselves (in groups, individually or with a teacher) on the linkages between gender inequality and the climate crisis. This includes capacity building through transnational trainings and providing information materials and tools for adult education providers.

  • You can find the first project report here ->

The project started on December 1st 2022 and will end November 30th 2025.

It is implemented by the following organisations:



Feminist south perspectives on climate crisis – voices of activists

Three informative videos on how climate change affects marginalised people in the global south, the linkages and and responsibilities.

The videos are a result of a series of online talks (webinars) on „Feminist south perspectives on the climate crisis“ which have been organized by WIDE and Südwind in 2023 and beginning of 2024.

All videos here!


Climate Crisis: Feminist perspectives from Colombia
Gold mining in Sudan: Women, the climate crisis and extractivism
Feminist & youth perspectives on the Climate Conference 2023


Fotocredits © Greenpeace

Online Talk: Feminist & youth perspectives on the Climate Conference 2023

with Mana Omar (Kenya), Jasmin Lang and Martin Krenn (Austria)

Tuesday, 16th of January 2024, 5.00 pm (CET)

Feminist South Perspectives on the Climate Crisis – Online talk series by Südwind & WIDE


Follow up video (ca. 11 min):


Whose priorities and interests were considered at the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 that took place in December 2023 in Dubai, with the head of the United Arab Emirates‘ state oil company presiding the climate summit? How could feminist and youth climate activists make themselves heard?


In this online talk, Mana Omar, an environmental expert and feminist climate activist from Kenya, Jasmin […]

Gender and climate-induced migration

Briefing paper by Isabella Szukits

The climate crisis affects millions of people worldwide. However, not everyone feels its effects equally. The main causes of global heating are the burning of fossil fuels and our current economic system, which is based on the exploitation of nature and people. People in the Global South and young people have not contributed as much to these causes, but they have to live with and deal with the effects.

Briefing paper (pdf): Gender & climate-induced migration


While a direct link between the climate crisis and migration decisions might not always be […]

Webinar: Indigenous struggle against the white gold rush in the Andes

The threat of Europe’s energy transition to the ecosystems and livelihoods of indigenous people and the fight for their rights


Thursday, 27th of July, 2023
17.00 – 19.00
CEST (Central Europe) / 11.00 – 13.00 UTC-4 (Chile)

Online by zoom: registration link

Languages: English and Spanish (with interpretation English – Spanish)

Invitación en Español – pdf

Invitation in German – pdf



The salt flats of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia (“the white triangle”) hold more than 75% of the world’s lithium deposits.

To combat the climate crisis, most countries have committed to […]

18. Juli 2023||Themen: , |

Women´s Revolution in Iran: Women Life Freedom

Conference organized by Ourania Roditi with the support of Homa Bazafkan and WIDE


The aim of this hybrid conference is to provide a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas. Scholars from different disciplines, activists and intellectuals will debate their take on the current state of women’s rights in Iran, what makes this revolution different from similar unrests in the past, the role of minorities and minority women and the prospects for the future. The goal is also to more generally debate what this revolution means in terms of female empowerment at a global scale, the role of diaspora and the […]

1. Juni 2023||Themen: |

Feminists demand end of UN WOMEN’s partnership with BlackRock


On 25 May 2022, UN Women announced a partnership with the investment company BlackRock, “to cooperate in promoting the growth of gender lens investing”.

A collective of feminist activists and women’s rights organisations from around the world expressed their protest to this „corporate capture“ in a letter to UN WOMEN (see WEDO press release from 9.8.2022). The letter was supported by more than 500 NGOs, among them WIDE Austria and the European WIDE+ network.


Challenging corporate capture


BlackRock Inc. is a global player in financial investment. As highlighted in the NGO letter […]

4. Oktober 2022|Artikel|Themen: , |

Feminist Economic Alternatives

Report from an ActionAid webinar
By Margaux Bolzan

(22.12.2020) A new report of Action Aid Netherlands was presented in a webinar on the 9th of December 2020. In this event, experts gathered to discuss about the report which provides policy and analytical frameworks for feminist economic alternatives (FEAs).


The speakers were Mariama SONKO (president of the NSS/We Are the Solution, Senegal), Soledad SALVADOR (economist and researcher on development and gender at the Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies, Uruguay) and Roos SAALBRINK (policy and advocacy manager on women’s economic rights at Womankind Worldwide).


The moderators, Rachel WALKER (Women’s Rights Campaign Manager in ActionAid Netherlands), Lila […]

22. Dezember 2020|Artikel, Publikation|Themen: , |

Invest in the Care Economy for a Just, Green, Feminist COVID-19 Response and Recovery

(13.5.2020) WIDE supports the statement of around 200 networks, trade unions, and organizations demanding expanded investment in the “care economy” for a COVID-19 response and recovery that is just, green, and feminist.

As the pandemic exposes the weaknesses of underfunded health systems around the world, the collective burdens that are frequently shouldered by women continue to worsen. A robust recovery will be impossible without greatly augmenting the public services that support positive health outcomes and demands policy choices that end such exploitation, including women’s paid and unpaid labor in the public and private sectors.



27. Mai 2020|Publikation, Stellungnahme|Themen: , |

Open letter on the Energy Charter Treaty

Prioritize climate protection and public policy space!

(9.12.2019) As the Energy Charter Conference takes place in Brussels this week (10./11. December 2019), more than 270 civil society groups (among them WIDE) call on decision-makers to scrap the Energy Charter Treaty as long it continues to protect fossil fuels and includes the ISDS parallel justice system for corporations.

The civil society organisations – environmental, climate, consumer, development, trade related civil society groups, as well as trade unions – express in an open letter to European ministers, the EU Commission and Parliaments that the Energy Charter Treaty is incompatible with the implementation of the […]

9. Dezember 2019|Publikation, Stellungnahme|Themen: , |

Trade for Her: Empowering Women?

WIDE+ open letter on the EC „Trade for Her“ Conference

 (19.9.2019) WIDE+, with support of ActionAid International and further organisations, sent an open letter to EU Commissioner Malmström, concerning the conference organised by DG Trade on 30 September: ”Trade for Her: Empowering Women through International Trade”.

WIDE+ highlights that women are not a homogenous group and demands that the EU Commission needs to listen to the voice of women affected by international trade, not only to the champions and beneficiaries of the current international trade regime.


19. September 2019|Publikation, Stellungnahme|Themen: , |

Women’s and girls’ rights and agency in humanitarian action

WIDE supports the advocacy-initiative of several organizations to strengthen a more systematic approach for ensuring that humanitarian action responds to women’s and girls’ rights and needs. Drawing on emerging initiatives, best-practice, research and the perspectives of affected communities themselves, the following recommendations provide a blueprint for governments, donors, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and national and local actors to work in tandem to drive system-level changes and put women’s and girls’ rights and agency at the centre of every humanitarian response.

The recommendations talk to:

  • Women’s and girls‘ voices and leadership
  • Equitable access to sexual and reproductive health services
  • Prevention […]
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