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The Underbelly of Article (6): Instrumentalizing the Right to Public Participation under the UNFCCC

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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by Yeniva Massaquoi, WEDO Women’s Human Rights Fellow, from COP20 on International Human Rights Day 

Article 6(a)(iii) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commits 196 member states to the promotion and facilitation of public participation at national, subregional and regional levels.  Despite this commitment, environmental human rights defenders continue to be penalized and persecuted for their lawful attempts to publicly participate on climate change issues. We are reminded of this by …

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WEDO provokes intersectional thinking at Women and Girls Rising

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Speakers at Women and Girls Rising

The Roosevelt Institute recently hosted the Women and Girls Rising Conference, which aimed to look back at gains made by women’s activists and the prospects for future improvement. It was attended and featured speakers from a diverse group of activists, leaders, policymakers and advocates. As part of the notable program, WEDO’s Bridget Burns was the moderator for a panel on Women’s Claims on Environmental Sustainability. The panel included Noelene Nabulivou affiliated with DAWN, Diverse

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Gender Perspectives into Environmental Governance: experiences from the 2014 Yale/UNITAR conference

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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WEDO delegates attended the UNITAR-Yale Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the Future Climate Regime that took place from 5-7 September 2014. The Conference brought together more than 100 scholars and policy experts to discuss the nexus between human rights and the environment and built on more than 70 paper submissions from researchers and expert practitioners from 40 different countries. The goals of the conference were to inform: the discussion on …

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In their Own Words – Reflections from EWA Team at CSW58

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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“Coming from the WECF/WICF network of women’s and environmental NGOs worldwide, I am used to work on environmental issues with a strong gender focus. So I am very aware of the difficulties we face when integrating women’s rights into other policy areas and using gender mainstreaming as a tool. However, I was struck by a parallel event organised by FOKUS, a Norwegian NGO, here at the CSW 58 in New York last week. FOKUS did …

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Granos de cambio: Café, Costa Rica y los Derechos de la Mujer

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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by Bridget Burns, Advocacy and Communications Director

In the middle of October 2012, Natalia Urena Retana of Santa Maria de Dota, Costa Rica, stepped into the WEDO offices in New York for the start of an eight day job shadow with her US counterpart (that would be me.) Natalia, who is based in Costa Rica and currently works for Earthwatch, and I were paired together as part of a multi-year, 2-way educational and cultural exchange …

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