Young Feminists for Climate Justice Go to Bonn!

Young feminists in the Global South are organizing from their territories and contexts; defending water, forests, livelihoods and communities, and offering and building alternative models of sustainability. Young feminists are taking meaningful climate action, while governments stall in their implementation of measures agreed in Paris two years ago to stem the climate crisis. Yet, young feminist voices lack visibility in many environmental movements, and while they have a lot to share, platforms for them to do so are scarce.

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This year, FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund and the Young Feminists for Climate Justice network are launching a storytelling project showcasing the voices of young feminists in the Global South organising in the climate and environmental justice movements. We have collected over 30 stories, art pieces and poems by young women and trans* youth resisting corporations encroaching their territories, building alternatives in their own neighbourhoods and towns, and defending their water, land and territories. From the Pacific through Africa to Latin America, young feminists in the Global South are confronting the worst consequences of climate change -from forced migration and increased precarity due to more frequent and severe natural disasters, to slow-onset climate impacts on agriculture and water- with bold energy and hope.

Their experiences and stories will be shared at this year’s climate Conference of Youth (COY 13) taking place in Bonn on Friday, November 3rd. Afterwards we will have them displayed here in this platform.




Recolectando nuestras Historias

Hemos recibido más de 100 postulaciones de personas interesadas en ser Recolectoras de Historias para este proyecto. ¡Estamos muy agradecidas!

Esto dice mucho del interés y la necesidad de contar nuestras historias como mujeres jóvenes y feministas jóvenes en movimientos climáticos y ambientales en diversas regiones.

¡Anunciaremos los resultados antes de la quincena de octubre!

Aquí un recordatorio sobre los lineamientos que hemos propuesto para las Recolectoras de Historias:

Expectativas de lxs recolectoras de historias:

  • Cada unx deberá poder contactar a diversxs feministas jóvenes y mujeres jóvenes que tengan un rol activo en los movimientos ambientales o climáticos en sus regiones, con un énfasis en jóvenes indígenas, rurales, LBTIQ, y otras intersecciones con identidades marginalizadas.
  • Cada unx hablará con 3 a 5 individuos a más, para aprender más sobre sus experiencias y perspectivas, mediante un diálogo mutuo y respetuoso.  La conversación deberá honrar los lineamientos éticos, y estar guiada por los formatos de historias, ambos descritos aquí.
  • Participar activamente en todas las reuniones virtuales del proyecto de ahora hasta diciembre, al menos que se coordine lo contrario.
  • Editar entre 3-5 historias, de 300-800 palabras cada una.

Lineamientos éticos:

  • Obtener el consentimiento libre e informado de todas las personas que comparten su historia. Esto incluye: explicar los objetivos y el proceso del proyecto, y tener una breve conversación para clarificar los posibles riesgos y beneficios de participar. Lxs participantes podrán retirarse del proyecto en cualquier momento, y podrán negarse a responder a determinadas preguntas. Su claro consentimiento para participar deberá ser obtenido verbalmente o por escrito.
  • Respetar y defender el deseo de mantenerse en el anonimato. Todxs lxs participantes deberán ser preguntadxs explícitamente si desean participar de manera anónima o no, y de qué manera desean que se comparta su nombre o identidad. Lxs recolectores de historias deberán proteger la información confidencial, e informar a lxs participantes cómo se protegerá su confidencialidad.
  • No hacer daño. Nuestra primera responsabilidad es con las mujeres jóvenes y lxs feministas jóvenes que eligen compartir sus historias. Sus derechos, intereses, seguridad y sensibilidades deben ser respetados.

Recursos disponibles para recolectorxs de historias:

  • FRIDA va a facilitar un estipendio pequeño para que lxs recolectorxs de historias puedan llevar a cabo las entrevistas y llegar a las personas cuyas historias deben ser contadas. Cada recolector/a de historias administrará su estipendio de acuerdo a sus necesidades. Algunos usos sugeridos: crédito telefónico o para Skype, transporte y gastos para visitar una comunidad en persona, invitarle un café o un té a alguien para conversar, etc.
  • Si estás buscando por dónde empezar, las redes sociales de FRIDA y el grupo de Young Feminists for Climate Justice en Facebook son redes de feministas y activistas de varias regiones.


¿Cuál es la fecha límite para la recolección de historias?

Recolectorxs de historias deben enviar sus historias antes del viernes 20 de octubre, 2017. Publicaremos y presentaremos esta colección de historias en la COY 13 (2-4 noviembre, 2017) y la COP 23 (6-17 noviembre, 2017).


Si no llegaste a postular para ser Recolectora de Historias, ¡no te preocupes! Aún puedes participar del proyecto. La plataforma para enviar historias directamente por el formato virtual permanecerá abierta hasta fin de año.

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.