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Addressing The Climate Emergency

We research the risks and opportunities that the transition to renewable energy presents for women’s rights.
We advocate for States to advance a gender-just transition to low carbon societies.

Stories of Impact

2022

Victory for indigenous women in Mexico who are fighting for a just energy transition.

After years of advocacy, the Zapoteca indigenous community of Unión Hidalgo in Mexico achieved a significant victory over a transnational company that had failed to deliver a just energy transition. On 3 June 2022, Mexican authorities cancelled a large wind energy project that Electricité de France (EDF), a transnational French energy company, was planning to build on their territory without their participation or free, prior and informed consent. For several years, the community had denounced human rights abuses committed by those developing the energy project. These disproportionately affected indigenous women and girls, and included loss of access to their land and to natural resources on which their and their families’ livelihoods depended. GI-ESCR was privileged to collaborate with ProDESC, a local organisation in Mexico that has led litigation and advocacy in defence of the indigenous community of Unión Hidalgo since 2019. To combat the escalating climate emergency, it is necessary to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy but also to deliver a gender-just transition that protects the planet and its people. The case of Unión Hidalgo is paradigmatic because it reflects the structural problems that commonly occur during energy transition processes, and specifically highlights the fact that capital-intensive renewable energy projects may have adverse human rights impacts on communities, notably women.

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Upcoming Events

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

03-08-2024

Join us on March 8, 2024, for International Women’s Day under the theme 'Invest in women: Accelerate progress”, and take a stand with us using the hashtag #InvestInWomen.

More info: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day

The sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women

03-11-2024 - 03-22-2024

The sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 11 to 22 March 2024.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to contribute to the session.

More info: https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw68-2024

Public Pharma for Europe

Public Pharma for Europe

03-15-2024 - 03-16-2024
Presential Event

Public Pharma for Europe: Bringing together advocates for a public pharma infraestructure in Europe.

More info: https://publicpharmaeurope.taplink.ws/

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdeuYTvP_jHm9bCKbYCw1tll3cUuojmB7jUczQLi4wxSMWq3g/viewform

 

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