Collecting our Stories

We are incredibly grateful to have received over 100 applications from young activists interested in being Story Collectors for this project!

This speaks volumes to the interest and need to tell our stories as young women and young feminists in climate and environmental movements across regions.

We will announce the results in the next few days!

Here is a reminder of the guidelines we’ve proposed for Story Collectors:

Expectations of story collectors:

  • Each story collector is motivated and able to reach out to diverse young feminists and young women who are active in the climate or environmental justice movements in their regions, with an emphasis on indigenous, rural, LBTIQ youth, and other intersections with marginalized identities.
  • Each story collector talks to 3 to 5 individuals or more, to learn more about their experiences and perspectives, engaging in respectful, mutual dialogue. The conversation is guided by the story formats, and honors the ethical guidelines, both detailed below.
  • Each story collector participates actively in all online project meetings from now until December, unless an alternative arrangement is coordinated.
  • Each story collector edits 3-5 stories, between 300-800 words each.

Ethical guidelines:

  • To obtain the free and informed consent of those whose stories are shared. Obtaining consent includes: explaining the objectives and process of the project, and engaging in a brief conversation to clarify the potential risks and benefits of participating. It shall be made clear to participants that they are free to withdraw from the project at any time, and that they may decline to respond to any questions. Their consent to participate should be obtained in clear written or verbal form.
  • To respect and defend anonymity, if desired by participants. All participants shall be explicitly asked if they wish to be anonymous or not, and in what way they wish their name or identity to be shared. Story collectors must protect confidential information, and inform participants how their confidentiality will be protected.
  • Do no harm. Our first responsibility is to the young feminists and young women who are choosing to share their stories. Their rights, interests, safety, and sensitivities must be respected.

Story formats:

These formats are suggestions for how story collectors can guide their conversations. As a story collector, you may choose one of these; combine them; ask the person you are talking to for a preferred format; or (co)create a format that you feel best transmits their lived experience and perspective.

  • Anecdote: Tell us about an experience you had that shows aspects of what being a young woman or young feminist in climate or environmental advocacy is for you.
  • Story of your path: Share how you chose to become involved in feminist and/or environmental justice activism, what your path has been, challenges you’ve encountered and how you’ve faced them.
  • Perspective: What is climate and/or environmental justice to you? How does it connect with feminism? As a young woman and/or young feminist, what is your vision for the future?
  • Demands: What are the objectives of your activism? What are your concrete demands? What are your priorities, as a young feminist/young woman for climate/environmental justice? What do you think is needed for movement building at the intersections of feminism and the environment?
  • Creativity: Share poetry, non-narrative writing, visual art or other creative expressions based on your experiences and perspectives.

Resources available for story collectors:

  • We will provide a basic stipend to story collectors to make sure you are able to carry out interviews and reach out to those whose story needs to be told. Each story collector will administer their stipend according to their needs. Some suggested uses: phone or Skype credit, transportation and food costs to visit a community in person, buying someone coffee or tea to sit with them, etc.
  • If you are looking for where to start, FRIDA social networks and the Young Feminists for Climate Justice Facebook group are great networks of amazing feminists and activists from various regions!

What is the deadline for collecting stories?

Story collectors should submit all stories by Sunday October 22nd, 2017. We will publish and present this collection of stories by COY 13 (2-4th November, 2017) and COP 23 (6-17th November, 2017).

If you missed the deadline for applying to be a Story Collector, don’t worry – you can still participate in the project! The platform for submitting stories directly will remain open until the end of the year, 2017.

10 thoughts on “Collecting our Stories

      1. Oh, that’s such a shame! I also saw it one day late and wrote an e-mail, but it must have been lost somewhere and I didn’t get an answer. Is there still a chance to get involved? I am super hyped about this project!

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