Puttting people first. An analysis of the European Green Deals relationship to a just transition from an intersectional feminist standpoint

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Climate change is tied with gender inequalities that are embedded in society. Making policies that ignore the gender issue carves those inequalities even further. As the neoliberalist approach to climate policy has been discussed to be ineffective in terms of promoting environmental justice due to its reproduction of power imbalance and its focus on capital accumulation, the research at hand analyses the European Green Deal according to its aim for environmental justice that includes gender. Furthermore, the concept of intersectionality will be used to generate critical and constructive insights that add to the framing and understanding of climate change governance in the EU Green Deal. The findings show that the European Green Deal follows a neo liberal logic of climate governance as it focuses on ‘green’ economic growth, economic competition, and individual responsibility. Additionally, the European Green Deal is not only gender blind but also gender harming by not acknowledging gender nor any other intersecting social dimensions. Expert interviews have shown that European climate governance must be more feminist, focusing on anti-oppression and stronger inclusion of marginalized groups and individuals while avoiding tokenism. Policy should also focus on degrowth, care and well-being and collective action.
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