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Cofe tables talk

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Feminist Leadership for Climate Justice

The Cofe Tables Talk is a project led by New Women Connectors that aims to gather feminist leaders from climate-affected countries and from displacement settings to provide critical information for COP28. It promotes rethinking traditional climate change responses and provides a safe space - especially for women - to share ideas and incubate projects.

Mission

We envision feminist responses and solutions towards an inclusive and just global climate change ecosystem by including frontline actors in decision-making. Women and feminist leaders should occupy at least 50% of chairs and be champions of resilience, advocates for solutions, and activists for climate justice. The CoFe Tables provides an essential space for often-underrepresented voices, including women and grassroots organizations who are the first to experience the impacts of climate change and to respond to them.

Goals

We aim to view climate change through a feminist lens by amplifying the voices of feminist leaders who have firsthand experience as activists, advocates, and affectees. Our objective is to understand their knowledge, perspectives, and coping strategies and define the problem and solutions from a feminist perspective.

Though New Women Connectors is honoured to have been invited to COP28, we are dissapointed by the lack of representation of women, and especially women from displacement settings, from climate affected countries and/or from grassroots organisation. We therefore take it as our mission to collect their pespectives - the challenges they face and the solutions they find to cope with it - and bring their voices to the high-level international decision making summit that is COP28.

Reasons

Meaningful participation and inclusive planning, informed by cultural values, Indigenous Knowledge, local knowledge, and scientific knowledge can help address adaptation gaps and avoid maladaptation. Such actions with flexible pathways may encourage low-regret and timely actions . Integrating climate adaptation into social protection programmes, including cash transfers and public works programmes, would increase resilience to climate change, especially when supported by basic services and infrastructure.

Where COPs have been the platform for Governments, International Organisations, International Financial Institutions, Intergovernmental Organisations, and the like, the Feminist Champions Tables provide spaces for the missing stakeholders on the climate change tables and high-level dialogs -women and grassroots organizations that are amongst the first affectees and first responders to effects of climate change.

Outcomes

The CoFe Tables Talk outcome are: 

  • Panel discussions/webinars organised by New Women Connectors with the support of SEEK Feminist Research Network

  • A climate summit ahead of COP28 organised by New Women Connectors with the support of SEEK Feminist Research Network

  • The publishing of policy briefs, which is led by SEEK Feminist Research Network, written in collaboration with New Women Connectors

When: April to November 2023. COP-28 is from Nov. 30th to Dec. 12th.

Where: 13 countries - Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Pakistan, India, Thailand, China, Japan, USA.

How: Global-level - Advancing SDG Goal 13: We Women taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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Click on the brochure to open a pdf version. You are welcome to download and spread this brochure for more people to be aware of the CoFe Tables Talk project!

Join us

This project was thought of and founded by New Women Connectors, in collaboration with SEEK Feminist Research Network. It is today led by New Women Connectors, with the support  of SEEK Feminist Research Network and in collaboration with Global Refugee Network, Refugee Led Network, Oxfam, IMatter, RW Welfare Society, Debbie Kauna Foundation, She Changes Climate, European Coalition for Migrants and Refugees, and Associacion Kudwa.

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