All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) have been busy this summer continuing their work for #womenclimatejustice as campaign re-grant partners – from implementing 20 educational programs to organizing a Day of Solidarity!
APWLD, alongside the villagers and the community-based organization of Tambon Ban Haeng, Ngao District, Lampang held a Day of Solidarity. During the activity a community discussion took place, whereby the villagers and members of the Rak Ban Haeng Conservation Group shared their experiences in their struggle to resist a lignite mine in their area. Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) from different countries who are working with APWLD also shared their own experiences. The discussion and sharing reflected the similarity in the experiences that women’s human rights and environmental defenders are faced with, particularly in State- and corporate-sponsored aggression. The event was focused on showing solidarity with the women leaders and the villagers of Ban Haeng as they continue to call upon the government to demand that they be allowed to live in peace in the land they have lived in for generations and to craft their own development agenda. The people of Ban Haeng should not be deprived of their right to their lands in order to accommodate a project which has negative impacts on their livelihood, on the environment and on the climate.
AIWC successfully completed all 20 programs as part of their work for the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice campaign re-grant partnership. These programs were conduced in different states of India and collected thousands of individual endorsements during their educational and awareness raising workshops. Prior to COP21, AIWC had conducted 6 programs with a focus on the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. The remaining workshops focused on the outcome of the Paris Agreement, the assessment of the Women and Gender Constituency and implementation. Several of the AIWC branches that participated in the workshops have started allied activities aimed at mitigation and adaptation. They are also closely working with local governments for getting gender responsive policies implemented. More to come from AIWC, stay tuned!