Womxn empowerment at the frontline of Climate Justice

Posted August 13, 2020 from France

This documentary was realized by Nina Monroy Diaz and myself in our class of Climate Justice & Adaptation at University for Peace. In this video, we wanted to showcase the empowerment of Womxn on the Frontlines of Climate Justice.

Climate justice is a term used to frame global warming as an ethical and political issue, rather than one that is purely environmental or physical in nature. This is done by relating the effects of climate change to concepts of justice, particularly environmental justice and social justice and by examining issues such as equality, human rights, collective rights, and the historical responsibilities for climate change.

The impact of climate change is already causing widespread socio-economic and environmental loss and human suffering around the globe. While climate change affects everyone, women and men experience the impacts differently, and women are often disproportionately negatively affected. Women, compared to men, often have limited access to resources, more restricted rights, limited mobility, and a muted voice in shaping decisions and influencing policy. However, at the same time, women are uniquely positioned to be powerful agents of change in responding to climate change impacts and driving innovative solutions at all levels. We didn’t want to highlight Womxn as the most vulnerable and affected victims in this climate story. Rather, climate change and gender cannot be considered in isolation, gender must be incorporated through an intersectional lens. Olivia Sylvester, Melania Guerra - La Tica Polar, Frances Roberts-Gregory and Azmera Davis in this video are Leaders, Scholars, Climate activists, feminist anthropologist, ecowomanist. Through their empowerment, perspectives and knowledge they are playing an incredible role in the climate movement by advocating for social and environmental justice so that it is truly sustainable, collective and restorative.


This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 14, 2020
Aug 14, 2020

Hello, Eleonore,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm delighted that a new voice from France is rising up.

You and Nina did an excellent job on this documentary! I love it so much.

This resonates with me, " The Climate Crisis and gender cannot be considered as isolation, rather, gender must be incorporated into a multicultural, multidimensional and multigenerational lens. We wanted to showcase the efforts of diverse women and their commitments in confronting the climate crisis." YES!!!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Please invite Nina and the rest in the video on World Pulse. Keep us posted please! Continue to share your journey and update here.

You belong here. Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Nini Mappo
Aug 14, 2020
Aug 14, 2020

Thank you Eleonore for inviting us into yours and Nina's well made documentary!
The concept of women not just as victims of climate change, but also as decision makers driving solutions to this very problem is very powerful.

The question "what does nature mean to you?" is one that many have not contemplated in depth, and it is such a powerful question in creating environmental awareness and inviting others to join in advocating for climate justice.

Well done to you both, and welcome to World Pulse sisterhood:)

Aug 14, 2020
Aug 14, 2020

It really open my eyes wide, thank you. Salute to all you over there, so much to learn from you all. Thank you!

Aug 14, 2020
Aug 14, 2020

Thank you for sharing beautiful sister.

Beth Lacey
Aug 19, 2020
Aug 19, 2020

Welcome to the community. Thank you for sharing your film on this critical work

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Aug 29, 2020
Aug 29, 2020

Hello Elenore
Welcome to World Pulse and hope you are doing well. You and Nina are very inspiring women and looking at the documentary,there are some potentials in you and please bring it out to encourage other women
In Sisterhood
Veronica Ngum

Urmila Chanam
Nov 24, 2020
Nov 24, 2020

Dear Eleonore,
I loved the way you have approached climate change as a socio-political global priority issue integrating gender intersectionally because indeed, climate change and environment abuse by mankind are real and we are witnessing history unfold with Covid-19 claiming millions of lives. Very impressive and impactful documentary. Keep marching ahead, advocating, educating, negotiating and writing on World Pulse.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam


Catherine De Freitas
Dec 20, 2020
Dec 20, 2020

Hi sis, Thank you for sharing.
It was very informative.
I applaud you both.
Keep up the amazing work. Looking forward to seeing more posts. :)