Gender Equality and Human Rights in a time of COVID-19 and climate change
Less than one year has passed since COP25, yet the symbolic and political importance of the Gender Action Plan and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) has become even more important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gender-based, ethnic and racial discrimination are both root causes and products of environmental destruction and climate disruption. Disproportionately negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on women, indigenous groups, environmentalists and human rights defenders are inevitable products of the entrenched structural and systemic inequalities that these groups have historically and continue to experience. Despite the high infection and mortality rates related to COVID-19 on the aforementioned groups, stimulus packages offered by various governments have generally failed to deliver the necessary interventions to ensure their protection.
As country parties to the Paris Agreement now prepare their revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), civil society organizations and faith groups must push their national delegations to defend nature and human rights, gender equality, and incorporate the full participation of indigenous communities as central components of their climate plans. This webinar will explore these critical issues, taking into account the experiences and solutions of communities on the frontlines of climate change and COVID-19.