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A Gender Just Climate Transition: Report launch

22 April 2024 at 1:02 pm

17 May 2021: NGO's, civil society and concerned citizens from affected areas protest outside the Pretoria High Court at the commencement of the Deadly Air hearings regarding the poor air quality in the Highveld Priority Area.  Photograph by Daylin Paul
17 May 2021: NGO's, civil society and concerned citizens from affected areas protest outside the Pretoria High Court at the commencement of the Deadly Air hearings regarding the poor air quality in the Highveld Priority Area. Photograph by Daylin Paul

On Friday, 19 April 2024, The Centre for Environmental Rights, in partnership with Naturskyddsföreningen (SSNC) and South African organisations Earthlife Africa, Environmental Monitoring Group, and groundWork, hosted a webinar to launch a joint report, titled “A Gender Just Climate Transition.”

The report deals with the interplay between gender and environmental justice, drawing on work examples from South Africa.

The webinar underscored the essence of inclusivity and gender equality in achieving a Gender Just Transition. Activists and community based civil society organisations shared their experiences, emphasising the need for a gender perspective in climate justice efforts.

CER presented three case studies from graduates of the Rights and Remedies course, showcasing the legal tools activists employ to tackle environmental grievances. The course integrates gender sessions, affirming our commitment to an inclusive environmental justice space and prioritizing women’s participation in environmental policy and decision making.

Case Studies Overview:

  1. Promise Mabilo, Coordinator at Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action and applicant in the #DeadlyAir case, shared her reflections on how the coal economy fuels gender injustice and air pollution from coal-fired power plants disproportionately affects women and girls.
  2. Nomfundo Mkhaba – Waste for Change, Durban: Nomfundo’s non-profit combats waste issues and empowers unemployed women through job creation and environmental education.
  3. Nelly Nkosi – Khuthala Environmental Care Group, Mpumalanga: Nelly leads the rehabilitation of abandoned mines and has established the Khuthala Women’s Movement, transforming degraded lands into community assets.
  4. Christinah Mdau – DEHRVA, North West: Christina’s organisation seeks to hold mining operations accountable while developing programs that uplift the community, with a focus on women.

These narratives highlight the remarkable strides made by women in their communities, despite facing environmental and societal challenges. Their efforts shine a light on the intricate links between gender justice and climate justice and the obstacles women encounter in climate activism.

We invite you to read the full report and join us in pursuing a gender-equal Just Transition.

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Read the full report here

A Gender Just Climate Transition Report: case studies from South Africa

Why the #DeadlyAir high court judgment matters

The report was released in partnership with The  Naturskyddsföreningen (SSNC) and South African organisations Earthlife Africa, Environmental Monitoring Group, and groundWork

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