9 November 2021, 14.30-16.30 - Aubette

Sponsored by the City of Strasbourg

Interpretation: FR/EN

The adverse effects of climate change have immediate and long-lasting implications for gender equality. Both men and women are vulnerable to extreme weather events and natural disasters but, due to pre-existing inequalities in different spheres of life, women suffer disproportionally from environmental damage.

The effectiveness of climate-related strategies would improve greatly if women’s experience and knowledge were mainstreamed in the process of policy development, but due to widespread underrepresentation of women in parliaments and other decision-making bodies at all levels, it is yet to be achieved. Despite the challenges, women around the world continue to find ways to be agents of change, preserving the local environment and strengthening the resilience of their communities. So, what do women already do to advance the climate transition? How can we support their engagement in climate-decision making? And what are the ways to integrate gender dimension into climate policies?

Lab 10 - Women's power to act for the climate transition
Strasbourg, L'Aubette 9 November 2021, 14.30-18.30
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initiative 1

Combating land degradation through socio-economic development in the Zaghdoud region, Tunisia

The Association of Kairouan for Self-Development, operates for the self-development of families and women in rural areas of the governorate of Kairouan by involving them in all stages of the process of local development in a network of solidarity and cooperation involving various local national and international development partners. Following their experience in rural areas, AKAD aims to raise awareness, train and guide a group of women representative of the rural environment by bringing them together in an agricultural development group (GDA) and then creating income generating activities and bringing them closer to local services focusing on rural areas most affected by rural exodus due to difficult socio-economic conditions.




Project Development Coordinator, AKAD


Wael Bouraoui is socialized in community development and has a justified experience in the assembly, follow-up and evaluation of development projects with reference to the 17 objectives of sustainable development. He also deals with the study of agricultural project files to ensure sustainability and facilitating the tasks of small farmers by accompanying and coaching them in each phase of their projects. He is able to move in all the governorates to ensure the control and the follow-up of the activities following his experience as a technical-commercial engineer in the green space Tunisia (Baddar agricultural, Takelsa Nabeu).

initiative 2

Women2030: building the ecofeminist movement

Women2030 brought together a diverse network of women’s rights groups and feminist organizations connected across the world and willing to support each other to engage in the transformation of their communities. Coordinated by a coalition of women-led and feminist networks, the program reached out to more than 189 women’s rights and feminist partner organizations in 62 countries, building their capacities through training and sub-granting, and engaging them in Agenda2030 and climate-related policy processes. These partners engaged their own partners and communities, from the grassroots to national and international policy spaces. In doing so, they imbued their projects with their unique dreams and ideas of feminism, women’s empowerment, transformative change and sustainable development. They also identified and responded to the immediate needs of their communities, creating new partnerships and opportunities to address some of those needs. What emerges is a tapestry of worldviews and localized approaches that come into dialogue with one another, creating a support network from Bolivia to Mongolia.


MEIJER Kirsten

Kirsten MEIJER

Director, WECF Netherlands

The Netherlands

WECF is a nonprofit network dedicated to feminist action for a healthy planet, consisting of over 150 women’s and environmental organisations, operating in 50 countries. She also is the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), Vice-Chair of the Board of the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) and Member of the Supervisory Board of Oxfam Novib. Between 2012 and 2018 she was the International Secretary of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA). She is deeply motivated by the belief that equal rights and opportunities are the foundation for a just society and personal well-being, no matter where you were born.

Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.

SARIYA Vandita

Vandita SARIYA

WFD Youth Delegate


Hi, I am Vandita Sariya from India. I create media and love all things that tell a story. I make comics, short videos and write articles on the themes of environment and democracy. I was recently a media fellow for climate reporting with Earth Journalism Network and The Energy and Resources Institute. I have a post graduate diploma in Journalism and a bachelor’s in commerce from the Delhi University.



Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter of the PACE (SOC)


Selin Sayek Böke (Turkey, SOC) is a member of the Turkish Parliament and the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). She is Rapporteur on “Socio-economic inequalities in Europe: time to restore social trust by strengthening social rights”. Former economist at the International Monetary Fund, she taught Economics in the US and in Turkey.



Deputy Mayor for European and International Affairs, Strasbourg




Master's student in international relations, Sciences PO, Strasbourg, France