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Gender and Environment: the impacts of colonization in the Global South

Gender and Environment: the impacts of colonization in the Global South


in progress | online meeting

Staring on: 01-10-2023
Expected duration: 6 months
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This project's primary objective is to understand how women in Latin America are disproportionately affected by the adverse climate impacts on the environment, making them victims of various forms of structural violence. The underlying hypothesis posits that many climate disasters in the Global South can be traced back to the actions of colonizing countries. In times of crisis, it becomes evident that women bear the brunt of the consequences of this enduring exploitation that has persisted for centuries.

Regarding methodology, the project seeks to interview critical stakeholders who grapple with these complex issues. As Brazil stands out due to its custodianship of 59% of the legally protected Amazon rainforest, often called the "lungs of the world, we aim to initially focus on Brazilian stakeholders to understand the broader implications of environmental and gender-related challenges in Latin America and its intersectionality with ecological protection.

Additionally, it involves a meticulous analysis of international regulations related to environmental protection. Of particular concern is examining how these regulations may either omit or inadequately address the critical issue of gender within these contexts. The study also delves into European treaties and conventions, given Europe's historical role in colonizing the Americas.

* Minimum of 5 committed participants to start the project.