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Gender and Climate Justice Tribunals: Featuring Mexico and Peru

Women's tribunals on gender and climate justice were organized on 10 November, 2011, in collaboration with partners around the world in the lead up to COP 17 and Rio+20.

11.11.2011 |WECF

Women's tribunals on gender and climate justice, organized by the Feminist Task Force (FTF) and the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), in partnership with Greenpeace International, local partners and Inter Press Service, were carried out on the 10th of November 2011 in Mexico city, Mexico, and the city of Cusco, Peru.

The tribunals were part of “Strengthening Voices: Search for Solutions” 2011 Women’s Tribunals on Gender and Climate Justice, a series of 15 women's tribunals happening in Africa, Asia and Latin America to highlight how climate change has impacted the lives of grassroots, rural and marginalized women.

The Women's Tribunals involved authentic and exemplary testimonies of women affected by climate change, which created awareness of the impact of climate change on women’s personal and family life and communities, and how this phenomenon increases poverty and gender inequalities.

"Our country has a varied climate and geography, but for several years weather events are presented as exaggerated or out of season altering the agricultural cycle, and generating not only the loss of crops and the consequent increase in poverty families and communities, but also introducing a terrible insecurity that prevents them from being able to plan with the least certainty of a positive outcome," said Blanca Fernandez, the Rural Development Program Manager with the Peruvian Center for Women Flora Tristan.

This situation is prevalent in countries vulnerable to climate change, as is the case of Peru and Mexico, and hits people living in poverty, particularly women, because they have fewer tools to adapt to the phenomenon of gender discrimination which puts them in a subordinate position in society.

The outcomes that were generated by the communities have the objective to influence the negotiations and plans of action on climatic change at the national level, as well as to inform at the international level at the XVII Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework for the Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa this year, as well as for the Rio+20 Summit in 2012. 

To learn more and follow the tribunals, click on Strengthening Voices: Search for Solutions - Gender and Climate Justice Tribunals 2011.

For more information, in Peru contact: Blanca Fernandez or for media inquiries, contact: Mariela Jara.
For more information, in Mexico, see: or contact Humberto Jaramillo at:

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