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A Gender Just Climate Transition Report: Case Studies from South Africa

April 2024

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.

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