Why does the European Green Deal need ecofeminism?


Last summer the European Environmental Bureau (BSE) published the report "Why does the European Green Deal need ecofeminism?". On the occasion of the 8M we share this document with essential content to be able to carry out the energy transition.

Ecofeminism is a school of thought and activism that denounces the fact that human life cycles and ecological limits are outside the concerns of conventional economics. The ecofeminist gaze contributes to dismantling the Western theoretical artifice that separates humanity from nature and bodies, focuses on the immanence and vulnerability of human life and provides solid foundations for building secure societies that place life at the center.

This report maps the gender gaps and opportunities in the EU’s flagship European Green Deal. It explores how, though gender issues affect environmental policies and vice-versa, they are not integrated into the European Green Deal. This publication also provides recommendations on how to move from gender-blind to gender-transformative environmental policies. These include intersectional and gender equal environmental objectives, moving towards a feminist economy of well-being and care and ensuring the use of gender mainstreaming methodologies in environmental policies.

Some of the recommendations of the report are as follows:

  • The EU should apply a more holistic concept of sustainability for the green transition, one that includes environmental, economic but also social dimensions equally and gender justice more specifically.
  • The EU needs to reframe its core policy goals away from Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth towards wellbeing, based on an understanding of the centrality of the care economy and lessons learned from the Covid-19 crisis
  • A right to care should be recognized as a fundamental right of the EU
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