«Young Feminists for Climate Justice Storytelling Project» är ett projekt där unga feminister från hela världen delar sina erfarenheter och berättelser om sina kamper för klimaträttvisa och jämställdhet.
Ett underbart initiativ där ni kan läsa massor intressanta perspektiv på feminism och klimaträttvisa. Eftersom feministiska målsättningar är intimt kopplade till arbetet för klimaträttvisa, vill Young Feminists for Climate Justice Storytelling Project framhålla de erfarenheter som unga aktivister från hela världen upplever i förhållande till sexism, åldersdiskriminering och andra former av förtryck i förbindelse med deras klimataktivism. Målet är att öka synligheten av unga som arbetar i gränslandet mellan feminism och klimaträttvisa. Jag själv identifierar mig med denna grupp och har därför skickat in min berättelse den 31 december förra året. Jag är osäker på om det var för sent, för det har inte publicerats på Young Feminists for Climate Justice Storytelling Project. Därför vill jag dela mitt bidrag här på bloggen:
I could tell you all about the times when my heart sank like a stone because of the nature of things. Like the time when it dawned on me that there are hardly any female scientists working at the faculty of geosciences at my University. Not because women are less capable, but because of structures of inequality. Or like the time when I read the official statistics that bluntly laid it all out: Female professors are underrepresented within every field of science in Sweden, especially within earth sciences.
This is Sweden, the country where the citizens elected the first feminist government in the world
I started noticing that when climate change was on the agenda in the media, no one spoke of the fact that women more frequently die when natural disasters strike, or that women have contributed the least to the climate crisis that is now the greatest challenge facing our generation. And nobody even asked women’s opinion on the matter. This is Sweden, the country where the citizens elected the first feminist government in the world. In fact, Sweden is top ranked on gender equality within the EU. I am sure you can see what I am getting at.
Female professors are underrepresented within every field of science in Sweden, especially within earth sciences
I have always had an addictive brain. Soon I could not stop thinking about the absolute ridiculousness in the fact that only 15 per cent of interviewed participants at the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris were female. As if female perspectives are somehow less interesting or even worse, as if women do not contribute with anything worth reporting.
I know that the collective intelligence rises with the number of female participants in a group. I know that in many countries, women are more likely to earn a university degree than men. I also know that surveys show that women more often rank values linked to environmental concern as more important compared to men. This alone tells me that women have a lot to add to the climate change discourse.
This is my way of opposing the silencing of women in climate change and environmental debate
So I started telling other women’s stories. I have gathered information on the achievements of female environmentalists around the globe and compiled them into a list with 100 short biographies on environmental heroines. My vision is that it will act as an archive of strong and inspiring women who change the world for the better. The list includes researchers, activists, journalists, cultural subjects and politicians.
This is my way of opposing the silencing of women in climate change and environmental debate, as well as my gift of appreciation to all female and non-binary environmentalists for the miracles you make. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.