Feminist Participatory Action Research For Change

Feminist Participatory Action Research For Change!

“Rural, Indigenous, Migrant, Urban Poor Women in the Midst of Climate Policies and Projects”

Deadline: Sunday, 3 November 2013

APWLD invites grassroots women’s rights organisations and movements to take part in this exciting feminist participatory action research project that aims to develop tools and resources that support rural, indigenous, migrant and urban poor women to monitor, engage and influence climate policies that impact on them.

Global warming, environmental degradation and climate disasters have been caused by the historical exploitation of the world’s resources and carbon by the wealthiest nations and individuals. The climate regime is dominated by private sector, powerful states and international financial institutions, rarely involving those most affected with least responsiAbility: women of the global south. Research conducted by APWLD and others shows that women are affected more severely and are more at risk from climate disasters and extreme weather events, often exacerbated by traditional gender roles, including during post-disaster response efforts.

In 2010-2011, APWLD and members conducted five research projects, utilising community based participatory research, documenting the impact of climate change on rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor and fisher women’s rights and livelihoods, as well as their own adaptation practices. It is obvious from the research results that climate change and climate justice are not gender neutral. Patriarchal practices, coupled with global economic injustices, make women particularly vulnerable during disasters and to the consequences of land degradation and erosion. Furthermore, the research illustrates that rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor and fisherwomen are rarely included in policy debates that determine their future despite the extensive knowledge and expertise of their own communities.

Unfortunately, the climate-solutions offered rarely favour of rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor and fisher women. In some cases, the climate mitigation and adaptation policies and projects were enforced without free, prior and informed consent by men and women in the affected communities. In several documented cases, women were forcibly evicted from their homes and lands, their peace and security threatened or were forced to migrate and live in the most precarious environments. Market-based solutions to climate change have not been shown to serve the interests of affected communities.

To address both the need to increase the evidence base around climate policies and practices that address the needs and interests of local women and the need to have women as vocal and effective advocates in climate debates, APWLD will support seven local organisations to conduct feminist participatory action research on climate justice.

Overall objective:
To advance rural, indigenous and migrant women’s human rights by increasing the capacity of RIMUP women in Asia Pacific to author evidence-based community research and be vocal and effective policy advocates for climate justice, human rights and just development.

Specific objective:
Develop the capacity of RIMUP women and their organisations in seven (7) communities to research and document evidence for use in engaging decision-making processes on climate change in local, national, regional and international level
Foster knowledge and resources on the impact of climate policies, practices and projects on women at the local level;
Establish strategic advocacy plans and opportunities to support women’s own solutions and safeguards for policy change at national, regional and international levels.
Strengthen institutional development of partner organization through leadership development and movement building.


Seven partner organisations will be selected to work with APWLD for one (1) year (December 2013-November 2014) to document:
The impact of climate policies, practices and projects on rural, indigenous, fisher, migrant and urban poor women at the country level. Four focus areas of the research that’s illustrative of women’s development rights are:
Access to and control over land and resources
Decent work and living wage
Peace and Justice
Voice (women’s democratic participation and bodily autonomy)
Community-owned solutions and safeguard measures for women.

Researchers will be introduced to a human rights based approach to development; feminist participatory action research methods; advocacy and campaigning for change. They will access training in international human rights standards and rights-based approaches to their area of research. Through a combination of face-to-face and online modules, they will:
Share the frameworks within their communities;
Learn practical feminist participatory action research skills; and
Develop and implement a community-based research plan. The advocacy planning for the documented cases will be done during the workshops so that each research will have a clear purpose and target for the research report.

Support for selected national partners
APWLD will provide seven organisations with a small grant to employ a young woman researcher and carry out the research including salary and on-costs with the approximate amount of USD 8,000. Research partners will need to appoint a mentor to assist this young women researcher throughout this research programme.

APWLD will also support the young women researcher and their mentors to participate in capacity building workshops and provide advocacy or network opportunities.

Selection Criteria of the Research Partners:
APWLD will select RIMUP organisations who will lead the FPAR on climate justice for women in seven countries in Asia Pacific. We are seeking non-governmental, non-profit organisations:
Committed towards the enjoyment and realisation of the human rights and climate justice of women at community level in Asia Pacific, particularly of the most marginalised (young, rural, indigenous, migrant, Dalit women and/or women in other minority groups);
Committed to conducing the one-year Feminist Participatory Action Research process;
Committed to feminist participatory methodologies that increase democratic participation and leadership of marginalised women in the research;
Can provide the appointed researcher with internet and computer access for regular online communication with APWLD secretariat and online training

APWLD will consider the following when selecting the seven organisations for this project:
Sub-regional representation;
Recommendations/ references by APWLD members;
Diverse human rights and development concerns of rural, indigenous, migrant and other marginalised women in Asia Pacific.


Interested organisations shall submit:
Accomplished application form
Expression of interest
Budget proposal.

Please send completed forms by Sunday, 3 November 2013 no later than 11.00 PM (Chiang Mai Time, GMT+7) to apwld@apwld.org or fax to +66(0)53 280 847.