COP25 Closing Plenary, Jolein Holtz

Madrid, Spain (Dec 15, 2019) – Jolein Holtz, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, welcomes the adoption of the Gender Action Plan but quickly moves on to calling out the lack of acknowledgment by parties as to how human rights are interconnected with every aspect of the negotiations. She highlights that gender quality is closely linked with human rights and that parties’ commitment to patriarchy, capitalism, militarism, colonialism, racism, and ecocide make them complicit when environmental defenders are harmed. She assured them that we will be there to watch them, raising our voices in solidarity until these systems of oppressions are dismantled.