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Fights for ecological and environmental rights go hand in hand with human rights and sustainable development. Join us as we dive into the relationship between gender and environmental issues in a time where conservatism threats social movements in Turkey and Europe.
About the Event:
This international conference brings together speakers from all over Turkey and Europe to highlight commonalities and explore the solidarity and struggles of gender studies in green policy. It is the second edition of the conference, and just like last year, we aim to bring together activists, politicians, and academics to share their thoughts and build a stronger movement for gender and environmental justice.
In October, Turkey finally ratified the Paris Climate Agreement, asserting its claim to be an important part of the global climate struggle. However, in July its government left the Istanbul Convention against violence against women, despite being one of the first signatories and in defiance of countless protests, actions, and calls throughout the year.
The usurpation of the rights of nature on one hand and gender-based violence, discrimination, and inequality on the other are crimes that occur every day in Turkey. But faced with worsening conditions, the climate, ecology, women’s and LGBTQI+ movements have also started to grow. We witness their developing and spreading resistance against male domination, which imposes itself as the only reality, sees nature and people as resources and exploits them.
Green thought emphasizes the importance of combining climate and ecological struggles, women and LGBTQI+ struggles, for a better and liveable world where the rights of all people, living things and nature are protected. We believe in the need to emerge and the globality of solidarity – issues with which this conference seeks to engage. The international conference forms the closing of a year-long project on centralising gender equality and feminist perspectives in green policies.
Programme and Speakers
13:00 – 13:10 Opening
- Moderation: Bahar Topçu Board of Green Thought Association & Climate Activist
Session 1: International Solidarity
- 13:15-13:30 Faika El-Nagashi – Austrian Greens Member of Parliament
- 13:30-13:45 Anuna De Wever – Belgian climate activist
- 13:45-13:55 Q&A
Session 2: Debates on Gender and Climate Justice
- 14:00-14:20 V’cenza Cirefice – Activist / Researcher, Environmental Justice Network Ireland
- 14:20-14:40 Özge Doruk Activist /Researcher – Report Presentation On the Issue of Climate Justice: Field Notes from Bozkurt
- 14:40-15:00 Kristen Biehl & Özlem Aslan Researchers (Sabancı University SuGender)
- 15:00-15:15 Q&A
Audience: This conference will take place online and is open to the general public.
Date: Saturday, 11 December (exact times to be announced)
Language: Turkish and English, with simultaneous translation
Registration: Please register in advance via this link.
This online conference 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.