Our programme on Connecting Gender Equality to Environmental Justice uses an intersectional feminist lens to explore, analyse and challenge current narratives and policy approaches related to environmental degradation and climate change. We seek to amplify the voices of women, especially those from marginalised groups in the Global South, in reclaiming narratives on the impact of climate crisis on their lived realities, and to place women at the centre of global policy solutions around climate change. Building on IWRAW Asia Pacific’s existing work under women’s economic, social and cultural rights, this programme intersects with other thematic priorities of the organisation, particularly corporate accountability and our work on the Sustainable Development Goals.
In our 2020-2024 strategic plan we acknowledge that this is a new area for IWRAW Asia Pacific and that others – above all, communities more directly affected by environmental degradation and climate change – are the experts. Our goals are to learn from their contributions and identify areas where we may be of most assistance to play a supportive role in broadening their reach and enhancing their impact. The specific directions that this programme takes – including its geographical focus – will be determined by the requests of our partners on the frontlines of environmental degradation and climate change.