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Representation matters, and the voices and leadership of women and LGBTQI+ people is crucial to having an inclusive and effective ecology movement. Yet many obstacles remain, both in Turkey and across Europe. This day-long workshop will gather up to 25 participants in Istanbul to explore what we really mean by feminist leadership in the ecology movement, and how we can foster it.
About the event:
Women are everywhere! The women’s struggle continues on the streets, in public arenas, and also within the green movement. How are women and LGBTQI+ individuals represented in the ecology movement? What are the obstacles and challenges for women and LGBTQI+ representation? What are the needs to increase the number of organized women and LGBTQI+ in the ecology movement in Turkey and across Europe?
In light of these initial questions, we will discuss the intersectionality of the green movement and feminism under the frame of our “Feminists in the Environmental Movement” project, and explore what we can do to strengthen diverse representation by nurturing and sustaining feminist organisation in the ecology movement.
This day-long workshop will enable participants to take the first steps and gain a better understanding of the shared struggle, while listening to the experiences of local ecology, women’s, and LGBTQI+ organisations in the context of the intersectionality of ecology and feminism.
This workshop is part of Feminists in the Environmental Movement, a GEF transnational project that seeks to stimulate conversations around (the intersections of) gender and environmental justice across Europe. The project is implemented with the support of Visio (Finland), Green Economics Institute (UK), Oikos (Belgium), Strefa Zieleni (Poland), Green Thought Association (Turkey), and CDNEE.
10:30-12:30 Theoretical framework session with Özlem Aslan (Kadir Has University)
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:00 Panel discussion: Barriers and opportunities for feminist leadership in the ecology movement
- With Özlem Teke (Green Party), Füsun Kayra (ecology activist, ecofeminist), Gökçen Durutaş (Foundation for the Evaluation of Women’s Work), Özge Gökpınar (May 17 Association), and Annika Ojala (Greens/EFA campaigner – via video)
16:30-18:00 Group work
The training will take place in Istanbul and sessions will be in Turkish. Please apply in advance via this form. The application deadline is November 8th.
Date and time: Sunday, November 20, 2022 (10:00 – 18:00)
Location: Taksim, Istanbul
Selected participants will be contacted by November 10th and will receive further details on location and practicalities at that time.
This event will also launch the Turkish translation of Dare to Care, GEF’s ecofeminist booklet that is now available in multiple languages.
This workshop is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Green Thought Association and the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.