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A Climate of Insecurity for COP27– African Women Raising Their Voices for Feminist Climate Justice

30 August , 2022 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Join us for this online event in the lead up to the UN Climate Conference (COP27) to take place from 6–18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

This webinar “A Climate of Insecurity for COP27–African women raising their voices for feminist climate justice,” invites you to listen to feminist activists and women human rights defenders’ lived experiences of the impacts of the climate crisis on the African continent. Panelists will share why the climate crisis is a feminist issue, and how it affects and compounds other challenges in their region. From Zimbabwe to Cameroon, from Ghana to South Africa, speakers will shed light on the interlinkages between the climate crisis, gender, and issues such as conflict, food security, and livelihoods. With COP27 taking place on the African continent, and droughts, wildfires, flooding, and soaring temperatures accelerating in their countries, panelists will share key demands for COP27 to effectively address the climate crisis and alleviate the worst impacts on the African continent.

Date and time: 30 August, 7 PM CEST/6PM WAT/1PM EDT

Languages: English, French, Arabic

Co-moderators: Tamara Lorincz, WILPF Canada and Katrin Geyer, WILPF International Secretariat

Opening remarks: Sylvie Ndongmo, WILPF International President

Panelists: Aubine Zambou, WILPF Cameroon, Mpiwa Mangwiro, WILPF South Africa, Ayo Ayoola-Amale, WILPF Ghana, Edwick Madzimure, WILPF Zimbabwe

Register: https://bit.ly/3AmO4AJ

Rejoignez-nous pour cet événement en ligne à l’approche de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le climat (COP27) qui se tiendra du 6 au 18 novembre 2022 à Sharm el-Sheikh, en Égypte.

Ce webinaire, intitulé “Un climat d’insécurité pour la COP27 – Des femmes africaines élèvent la voix pour une justice climatique féministe”, vous invite à écouter les expériences vécues de militantes féministes et de femmes défenseuses des droits humains concernant les impacts de la crise climatique sur le continent africain. Les panélistes expliqueront pourquoi la crise climatique est une question féministe, et comment elle affecte et compose d’autres défis dans leurs régions. Du Zimbabwe au Cameroun, du Ghana à l’Afrique du Sud, les intervenantes mettront en lumière les liens entre la crise climatique, le genre et des problématiques telles que les conflits, la sécurité alimentaire et les moyens de subsistance. Alors que la COP27 se déroule sur le continent africain et que les sécheresses, les incendies de forêt, les inondations et la hausse des températures s’accélèrent dans leurs pays, les panélistes partageront des demandes clés pour que la COP27 s’attaque efficacement à la crise climatique et atténue les plus graves impacts sur le continent africain.

Date et heure : 30 août, 19 h CEST/18 h WAT/13 h EDT

Langues : Anglais, français, arabe

Co-modérateurs : Tamara Lorincz, WILPF Canada et Katrin Geyer, Secrétariat international de WILPF

Mot d’ouverture : Sylvie Ndongmo, présidente internationale de la FILPF

Panélistes : Aubine Zambou, WILPF Cameroun, Mpiwa Mangwiro, WILPF Afrique du Sud, Ayo Ayoola-Amale, WILPF Ghana, Edwick Madzimure, WILPF Zimbabwe.

S’inscrire : https://bit.ly/3AmO4AJ

Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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