Transnationality and Women and Feminists for Climate Justice

Authors: Julie Gorecki*, University of California - Berkeley Press
Topics: Feminist Geographies, Environmental Justice, Women
Keywords: Feminism, Gender, Women, Queer, LGBTQIA++, Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, Transnational, Capitalism, Patriarchy
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 48
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Scholars and international organizations have shown that climate change disproportionately affects women across the globe. Indigenous women and women in the Global South are especially impacted. In response Women and Feminists for Climate Justice are mobilizing transnationally and with common demands towards a “feminist system change, not climate change” (Gorecki 2015). This paper maps and compares the narratives and experiences of Women and Feminists for Climate Justice activists from around the world. It asks, how do women and gender non-binary people from across six continents generate collectivity and then foster shared ideology, messaging, advocacy, and international demands on climate and gender? In what similar and different ways does climate change burden them, and what do their responses to these questions reveal about the nexus between climate change and gender on a global systemic level?

Transnational Feminist scholarship is fundamental to responding to these questions (Grewal, Inderpal and Kaplan, Carren 2002, Mohanty 2003, Lugones 2008, Mohanty and Carty 2018). This paper is also grounded in theoretical questions regarding the relationship between Racial Capitalism, Patriarchy and the Environment (Robinson 1983; Pulido 2016). Many ecological feminists have affirmed that capitalism’s founding ideology of continuous growth has been necessitated by the coincident subordination of women, racialized and marginalized communities, and nature. They reference this interdependent subordination as the “Capitalist Patriarchy—” a global “anti-woman” system founded on the exploitation of women’s power, bodies and labor (Merchant 1980; Mies 1984; Gunn Allen 1986; Mies & Shiva 1993; Muta Maathai, 2003; Federici 2004; Smith 2005; Anderson 2010).

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