Climate + Gender Justice

by International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD)
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice
Climate + Gender Justice

For two weeks in November the world will come together to accelerate plans to avoid the irreversible impacts of climate change at COP26. Climate change presents one of the greatest existential challenges we must confront. After the Paris Agreement, countries committed to develop national plans that would further the goals of the Agreement and convene every five years to ensure its progress. Unfortunately, we can’t rely on sovereign states to achieve the lofty goals necessary to avoid the worst elements of climate change. Each individual and organization must take responsibility for stemming the tide of climate change, and protecting those who are and will be most impacted. 

Here are a few ways we are seeking to elevate the voices of and to create systems to protect those most vulnerable to the current and future impacts of climate change:

Virtual Convening Series 

This month, we were awarded $16,000 from the U.S. Consulate in New Zealand for the Right to Life with Dignity Climate Justice project. The grant will help us continue our virtual convening series with climate activists and share out the work next year. To date, we have hosted 14 virtual convenings with over 30 local and Indigenous climate advocates. Next year, we plan to host another 20 virtual convenings to connect with at least 50 additional climate advocates. 

Roundtable Event with Robin Bronen

On November 5th, the Right to Life with Dignity Team will be consulting with Robin Bronen, a human rights lawyer working with displaced Alaskan Native communities. The roundtable event will cover some of the key outstanding questions the team has as we continue developing the legal standard and modeling pieces. 

Banaba Project Underway

The Banaba Local Government and Civil Society Working Group has kicked off their series of community dialogue sessions around colonial displacement, statelessness, and the right to life with dignity. The team on Rabi Island will be gathering community members across each of the four villages as well as Village Chairpersons, the Rabi Council of Leaders, and Banaban elders. This work will be supported with pro bono legal research coordinated by the ICAAD team to better understand the legal ramifications of the displacement of Banabans from Banaba to Rabi Island in Fiji. 

Climate Relocation and Human Rights in the Pacific Virtual Panel

The Team will be hosting a panel event with the U.S. Consulate in New Zealand and the Young Pacific Leaders Network on November 8th from 7-8:30pm (EST). The event will cover the latest developments in the Right to Life with Dignity project and insights from climate advocates we have been working with, including Rae Bainteiti who is leading the Banaba project. Watch via Zoom or join at an in-person watch party at any of the U.S. Embassies in the Pacific. Register here.

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Research & Modeling

The research and modeling team is well underway developing the concept to move forward with. Working closely with our law firm partner, King & Wood Mallesons, we are further developing international definitions for dignity and imminence in the law to ensure climate-induced migrants have safe and protected options. We are also diving into the modeling of “right to life with dignity” violations in order to support this legal framework. 

Virtual Convenings

Over the past few weeks, we have held virtual convenings with community and youth leaders from Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu, low-lying, large ocean states in the Pacific region. Their insights have demonstrated both the gaps in current efforts to expand legal protections and ideas for how to move forward. Host countries like New Zealand have a lot to do to not only expand legal protections but to ensure host communities are upholding the rights of those displaced by the climate crisis. 

We also joined the two day CSO consultation run by the Pacific Climate Change Migration and Human Security program. The discussion brought together over 30 CSOs, academics, church leaders, and youth leaders to discuss the big questions around climate mobility. The resounding conclusions were that policy must be inclusive, governments must be held accountable, and cultural heritage must be protected. 

Banaba Case Study

One insight raised in the convenings is that there have been several examples of displacement related to nuclear testing, extractive industries, and climate change in the past century in the Pacific that can be learned from. One of those examples which gives us an important case study in terms of thinking about regional climate migration is the displacement of Banabans from Banaba Island to Fiji, specifically Rabi Island. The legislation, impacts of colonization, and the reflections on the human rights violations against displaced communities make this case study particularly useful when exploring what the “right to life with dignity” means in relation to climate migration. We will be exploring this case study with convening collaborators. 

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Drafting a Legal Standard

With our multidisciplinary team, we have drafted a legal standard for the protection of climate-induced migrants that is centered on the “right to life with dignity.” While this is just the start, we’re now able to pressure-test and refine the standard with real-world examples. 

Virtual Convenings

As a part of that refining, we launched a virtual convening series in February with Pacific climate activists. In each convening, we break down the legalese and dig into what really matters for activists and their communities when constructing legal protections. For more information on the series and - if you’re a Pacific climate activist, to sign up for the next convening - click here

You’re Invited!

This month, we’ll be hosting a virtual panel event as a part of the NGO Forum at the Commission on the Status of Women. Our panel features climate activists and researchers from the Pacific who will be speaking to the complexities at the intersection of gender and climate change-induced relocation. As climate change and environmental degradation lead families and communities to consider relocation, we will be exploring the role of women in decision-making, the importance of community cohesion, and the key features of equitable planned relocation in governance and policy. Our panellists will be discussing Niue as a case study for how these challenges can be addressed in a national framework. The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A. 

Wednesday, March 17th 5:30-7:30 PM EST / 10:30 AM -12:30 PM NUT

Register for the forum here and save the date.

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Climate-induced Migration & Life with Dignity 

In our last update, we shared about our growing multidisciplinary team. Our research has focused on the understanding of dignity in international law. We recently partnered with global law firm King Wood & Mallesons to expand this legal research to look at specific countries in each continent to better understand variability in defining this term. Additionally, in the next few months, we will be launching virtual convenings with Indigenous climate activists to co-design legal frameworks that best protect communities on the frontlines. Our climate science and artificial intelligence experts have been exploring predictive modeling from the California wildfires and wider U.S. climate impacts to consider how we can apply a human rights lens. 

Last month, we were also invited to present at the International Development Young Professionals TedX-style Talks event to share about the project. Watch the short talk here.

Youth + Climate Justice Project Mentors

With the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance (MCCA), we have been developing the curriculum for our virtual climate justice and human rights training program and specifically exploring the intersection of militarization, human rights, and climate change. MCCA has also brought on 10 project mentors from across the Micronesian region to help us develop the program and to eventually connect with participants and help them with their micro-projects. Project mentors will provide valuable insights and be additional support in the community for the young leaders in the program.

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Connecting Virtually and Gaining Momentum

Thanks to your support, we have been able to gain momentum on our Climate + Gender Justice projects. We’ve been planning around COVID-19 and building our virtual teams around two major activities: 1) a virtual training program on climate and gender justice in Micronesia and 2) a life with dignity project to support legal protections for those displaced by climate change and environmental degradation.

Micronesia Training Development

We have been working closely with the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance (MCCA) to develop the curriculum for our virtual climate justice and human rights training program. The 3-day workshop will be entirely virtual and will bring together 12 young Indigenous leaders from across Micronesia. The program will also pair them with a mentor and provide a micro-grant to support their own community-based project towards sustainability and human rights. 

Life with Dignity & Predictive Modeling 

In our life with dignity project, we have brought together a team of climate scientists, lawyers, technologists, and social scientists to support climate justice on an international scale. We are working to connect the concept of the “right to life with dignity” from international human rights law to bolster protections for those displaced by climate change and environmental degradation. Over the past couple months, we have been conducting legal research and collaborating with Indigenous leaders from the Pacific to develop the framework for this research.

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International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD)

Location: Chappaqua, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Hansdeep Singh
Co-Founder, Director of Legal Programmes
Chappaqua, NY United States
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