Where will we build the campaign from and what might be the role of different actors
- The regional campaign will be rooted in four priority countries in 2016 and part of 2017 – the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa – budget permitting. In the second half of 2017, we will ‘phase’ in two to three more countries to the campaign following a similar approach to the process that will have been tested in 2016.
- In each country, the campaign will be built in specific localities/geographies where there are community organisations and movements or local NGOs which are willing to deepen or support women’s organising and campaigning on the themes of the campaign.
- In each country, there will be a national ‘lead’ for the campaign, which WoMin would partner with. WoMin’s contribution to the national lead organisation would be: campaigns guidance and advice; linking local and national efforts to campaigns, advocacy and organising efforts regionally and internationally; providing research support and resource materials; and financial assistance (including a significant contribution to a national campaigner, campaign running costs, budget for campaign actions etc.).
- At the regional level, we will have a draft regional campaigns framework to ‘frame’ the scoping out and development of campaigns at the local and national level in each country. This framework will be informed by: (a) discussions had at the January 2015 and October 2015 WoMin Coal and Fossil Fuels meetings; (b) two global exploratory consultations with allies and potential partners; (c) WoMin commissioned papers on women and energy and a feminist orientation to campaigning; (d) four national level campaign planning workshops, with all of this feeding into a regional campaigns strategy meeting planned for end-July 2016. The campaigns framework will be finalised by end-August 2016.
- At each level of the campaign we will seek to build a political platform which brings together a range of organisations and movements bridging the environment, women’s rights, natural resources, climate, work etc.
- We need to give very careful thought to the campaigns decision-making structure/s and accountability. Since we are committed to building a campaign which is genuinely women-led and led from the grassroots this must inform our thinking about representation, structure and accountability:
- In each locality then, there will be need to designate a clear women-led structure (and this doesn’t have to be a ‘new’ structure) which will represent and drive the campaign locally. Each local structure must be supported to meet, have open debates, operate democratically and accountably and strengthen its members. This structure would nominate one or two representatives to a national campaigns structure.
- At national level, each country would need to establish a national women-led campaigns structure. This may be located within an existing network, alliance or campaign if the local organisations and other participating organisations consider this appropriate. All local organisations playing a central role in the campaign must be represented as must key national allies and partners. NGOs should represent a small proportion of the total membership of this national structure.
- At regional level, we will nominate an interim regional campaign working group at end-April 2016 to oversee the development of the campaign in 2016. National campaign structures should nominate replacements to the regional campaigns structure as the campaigns and their accountability structures clarify over the course of the year. We would nominate a new regional campaigns structure in 2017.