The time for climate action is NOW!

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Yesterday’s topic, at Glocal Development Talks, was “The road towards climate justice and sustainability”. Our intern Caroline Nordvall reports from the last day.

The morning starts with European parliamentarian Bodil Valero, declaring ”We have a strong European position on climate politics”. At the same time, she points to the unmotivation of many member countries to take even stronger climate action to reach the universal 2 degrees climate goal. ”We all know what’s happening, we can see it and we can feel the weather changes. Nobody’s laughing any longer when you speak about climate change.”

The discussion continues on the topic migration, security and climate refugees, and how the poorest people on the planet will be the ones affected worst by climate change. Smaller islands in the Pacific like Tuvalu and Fiji are preparing for evacuation of their citizens when sea water levels are rising. The fossil fuel industry is the main driving force of climate change, and the exploitation of the arctic ice is brought forward in today’s talks as an operation with devastating consequences. The topic of corporate power, trade interests and ”land grabbing” continues throughout the day, not only in relation to natural resources, but also with focus on food sovereigny. This topic advocates people’s right to chose which crops to grow, what food to eat and to have their own power of the seeds. Sheelu Francis from Women’s Collective in India brings forward the small scale farmer’s perspective, with emphasis on female farmers. By mobilizing in smaller networks, female farmers increase their action making power and make sure they have access to land and seeds. The feminist perspective is also highlighted by Vasna Ramasar from Lund University Centre for Sustainable Studies. She emphasises a need for inclusion of a feminist and human rights agenda in climate justice policy making, and states that ”we have to look at climate change in a very integrative way.”
Text: Caroline Nordvall


Välkomna på informatörsutbildning om ekologiska fotavtryck!

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Lär dig mer om miljöfrågor och klimaträttvisa, men också hur du lär ut det till barn och unga!

Hur stora ekologiska fotavtryck har människor i globala nord respektive globala syd? Hur påverkar vår livsstil vårt ekologiska fotavtryck? Vad kan vi göra för att minska det ekologiska fotavtrycket globalt och få till en jämnare fördelning av jordens resurser?

Den 5:e respektive 15:e oktober anordnar Svalorna informatörsutbildningar i Svalehuset på Spolegatan 5. Utbildningarna är gratis mot att informatörerna håller två workshops vardera i skolklasser. Den 5:e oktober mellan kl 9:00-17:00 sker utbildningen på engelska och den 15:e oktober mellan kl 9:00-17:00 på svenska.

Anmäl er till och skriv vilken dag samt eventuella matpreferenser i mailet!

Varmt välkomna!



Loppis och Klimatverkstad 26 september!

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Den 26:e september mellan kl 10-15 öppnar Svalehuset, på Spolegatan 5, för loppis! Temat denna gång är klimatverkstad och containerdykare och skräpkreatör Marika Fridén inspirerar oss till en hållbar, klimatsmart livsstil genom återbruk och nydesign av gamla grejer.

Förra loppisen hade Marika Fridén också workshop om återbruk med oss och det var väldigt uppskattat av besökarna. Nu är det dock något alldeles extra, eftersom Svalorna denna dag deltar i en global aktion för klimatet! Klimatverkstäder kommer arrangeras med olika teman av olika aktörer världen över både den 26:e och 27:e september. Vi på Svalorna vill gärna uppmärksamma denna aktion, genom att bjuda in till en kreativ och inspirerande återbruksdag.

Besök gärna Facebookevenemanget eller Marikas Återbruk och KLIMATSVERIGE för att läsa mer om Klimatverkstäder.

Vi ses den 26 september i Svalehuset!



Streaming day 4 of GDT

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Welcome to the fourth and last day of Glocal Development Talks! The conference will go on from 10 am to 3 pm, with guests like the EU parliamentarian Bodil Valero, Anders Grandlubnd from Sida and Vasna Ramasar from Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies. Perspectives from the global south will be presented by representatives from no less than ten different NGO’s from South Asia and Latin America. For those of you who are not in Lund, you can follow the conference online here!


A feminist security policy?

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Security policy was brought up repeatedly during Tuesday’s discussions on feminist foreign policy at Glocal Development Talks. Gudrun Schyman, representative of Feminist Initiative raised the issue of militarisation within Sweden’s declared “feminist foreign policy”. As more women die due to gender-based violence than people die in military conflicts and from diseases, Schyman calls for a new definition of security policy. She questions the idea of national security as the military protection of territory and nation-states. Rather, a security policy should be the protection of human rights and people and the termination of violence against women.

Sheelu Francis  from Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective,  Naila Kabeer who is a professor at London School of Economics and Maria Persson from Svalorna were able to comment and ask questions to Gudrun Schyman after her presentation. The respondents emphasised the need for shedding light on the domestic sphere in the discussion on security policy. Sheelu Francis calls it the “silent war on women”, meaning the violence experienced by almost all women in their own homes. Furthermore, she highlights the fact that India continues to increase the military budget, currently at more than 20 per cent of the national budget. Violence against women transcends the boundaries between the domestic and the foreign policy and therefore the two need to be dealt with coherently, said Naila Kabeer.

All three speakers agree that a feminist foreign policy has to include a different and new definition of security, one of disarmament and anti-militarisation. Yet, Sheelu Francis and Naila Kabeer raise the importance of discussing the definition of feminism within a “feminist foreign policy” to ensure it is one of inclusiveness and of representing a global rather than a western feminism.

To conclude, global alliances between feminists are crucial to push for new definitions of security, one where domestic and women’s security transcend the security of territories and nation-sates. Global feminist alliances are also vital to mainstream a feminism that is not western, but instead as diverse and progressive as the spectrum of feminists and women’s movements worldwide. Discussions and conversations like the ones we have seen today enable and strengthen such alliances. They create an important link between the macro and the domestic level and between South and North. Perhaps it also helps all of us to be as loud and clear as we wish to be, demanding the rights every person is entitled to!


Text: Sarah Bodelsson