Short film to amplify the voices of women in climate negotiations
Activist not-for-profit ‘SHE Changes Climate’ has launched a short film to raise awareness about gender inequality in addressing the climate crises and inspire action to get more women at the top decision-making level.
Producers hope to amplify the missing voice of women in climate negotiations by featuring eight influential female climate change-makers.
Campaign organisers say that research shows that women are most likely to drive climate initiatives.
Yet, they are still not represented adequately at climate negotiations.
One of the female leaders appearing in the short film, Atossa Soltani, Director of the Sacred Headwaters Initiative, describes her experience with climate action:
“When I look at the forest protection movement, when I look at community organisations, when I look at amazing projects that are helping protect forests, the vast majority are led by women.”
According to a United Nation’s report, women are disproportionately suffering from the impacts of climate change, and 80% of people displaced by climate crises are also women.
“The climate crisis affects us all, yet the perspectives on, and decisions about how to tackle the crisis have been made mainly by men,” says Bianca Pitt, Co-Founder of SHE Changes Climate.
“Enough is enough. Women must be represented in climate negotiations.”
Campaigners call on world leaders to implement the Gender Action Plan from COP25 Climate Conference and deliver on their commitment to promote gender equality in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process.
“When more women are elected to parliament, stronger environmental bills are passed and they’re enforced more strongly, more strictly,” Joycelyn Longdon, Founder of Climate in Colour, explains the importance of gender-balanced decision making.
The film, created by Earth Minutes and Visionary Pictures and sponsored by Clim8 Invest is available to watch for free on WaterBear, a streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet.
The movement behind the film is empowered by SHE Changes Climate, a global non-profit organisation that seeks to bring awareness to the crucial role of women in accelerating just climate action.
Headline image: SHE Changes Climate, featuring Joycelyn Longdon, Founder of Climate in Colour.