Climate Justice policy briefs
APWLD together with is partner organisations prepared a set of policy briefs in time for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change- Conference of Parties. The policy briefs highlight the impact of climate change on different rural and urban communities in Asia Pacific and how women in these communities are addressing climate impacts.
AMIHAN Federation of Peasant Women – Philippines
Amihan Federation of Peasant Women is leading research on the gender differentiated impacts of Typhoon Haiyan. The research focuses on cultural and social norms affecting women and the lack of gender-sensitive policies towards natural disasters in order to build the influence and capacity of local women’s movements.
Mugal Indigenous Women Upliftment Institute (MIWUI) – Nepal
MIWUI is seeking to examine the impacts of climate change upon the lives of women of the Mugal community. MIWUI, through examination and education, aims to give the women the knowledge, training, and skills to claim inclusion at village development committee meetings and demand gender-sensitive climate policies and funding. The young woman researcher, Alina Saba, was selected as one of four civil society speakers in the UN Climate Summit.
Initiative for Right View (IRV) – Bangladesh
The IRV’s project aims to study how climate change is changing traditional domestic roles and lifestyles of the Munda Indigenous Women in Southern Bangladesh. IRV aims to enhance the women’s capacities for response and understanding of climate change through education and adaptive measures. IRV also hopes to increase advocacy in the region through the empowerment of the Munda women and collaborations with other like-minded organisations.
Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency (LNWPA) – Papua New Guinea
LNWPA is researching the mass displacement of the Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea caused by rising sea levels. LNWPA aims to educate the women of the islands on climate change, and aids them in engaging with the Papua New Guinean government in decisions regarding its relocation plan created in 2003, as well as future climate related policies and laws. Two of the women from LNWPA have been selected to attend the UN Climate Summit in New York on September 23rd 2014.
Center for Trade Unions and Human Rights (CTUHR) – Philippines
In collaboration with leaders from three local women’s labor organisations, the CTUHR is targeting urban poor women and women workers in Metro Manila, mostly working for foods factories and other light manufacturing- such as papers plastics, etc. – or in the informal sector, as street food vendors or street sweepers. In this context, CTUHR is documenting the social and economic effects of climate change on these communities, especially climate disasters and their own practices of adaptation.
Solidaritas Perempuan (SP) – Indonesia
SP is leading research on the impact of REDD+ Climate Policy on the protection of the rights of women in the forests of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. SP aims to educate women on the impacts of climate projects and policies in their lives, to increase leadership and resilience and to advocate for the inclusion of women in the decision-making processes regarding the management of forest resources.
Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) – Vietnam
SRD is leading research on the role, responsibilities and contributions of rural and marginalised women in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction amongst fishing and rice farming communities in central Vietnam, deeply affected by rising salinity. SRD seeks to gain governmental recognition at the local, regional, and national levels of the vital role of women in climate change adaptation and natural disaster readiness.