A Reality Check on the Paris Agreement: Women Demand Climate Justice
"As the Women and Gender Constituency we came to this process asking one question: what is the purpose of a global climate agreement if not to save people and the planet?" The UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency expressed its deep disappointment and concerns starting with the cited sentence. The agreement "fails to address the structures of injustice and inequality which have caused the climate crisis and hold the historical polluters sufficiently to account". Read the full statement
More information about our activitities at COP21 in Paris are available here
Further reflections on the Paris Agreement by WEDO
EWL and German Women's Council call upon the EC for gender and climate justice
The European Women's Lobby and the German Women's Council are supporting Women's Global Call for Climate Justice and "call on the EU to speed up the elaboration of an environment strategy based on biodiversity, sustainable development, quality of life and wellbeing, from an intergenerational and gender equality perspective. We call on the EU to systematically include a women’s rights and gender equality perspective in the definition, objectives, implementation and monitoring of environmental/climate/transport/energy policies at all levels, including research activities and data collection, and in both EU external (including development) and internal policies."
Find out more about EWL's demands for a just, transformative & gender-responsive climate agreement
Women's Run for Climate Justice
GenderCC is forming a team of runners to participate in the famous marathon at Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin on November 22nd. Just one week ahaed of the climate conference COP21 in Paris, we want to get active to demand fair and just agreements on mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage that will garantee gender justice and climate justice.
Six women will together run the total length 42.195 kilometers, wearing GenderCC T-Shirts. In this way, we can spread our message: COP21 is a great chance for us. Women around the world have to get active and raise their voices. We start here, in Berlin, and align our demands with the Women's Global Call for Climate Justice.
See the photos and a short video of the women running for climate and gender justice
The Women's Global Call for Climate Justice
In the runup to the UN Climate Change Conference end of 2015 in Paris women and women's organisations call for climate justice.
"Women of the world have had enough. The time for urgent action is Now. We are speaking Truth to Power. We Demand Change."
We call on all women, all girls and all of our allies to join our Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice and our 2015 Campaign of six actions, on six themes, over six months towards the UN Climate Meeting this December in Paris.
Women and girls will express their concerns and deliver their demands for meaningful and just action on climate change at every level and in all possible arenas – local, regional, national and global.
genanet at the SB meeting in Bonn in June 2015
From June 1st to 11th 2015 the genanet team was represented at the UN climate conference in Bonn. The negotiations were an important step towards the new climate agreement that is supposed to be achieved by the end of the year at COP21 in Paris.
Together with WEDO, GenderCC and LIFE e.V. organized a side event on "Women’s Perspectives on Just Climate Policy: COP21 and Beyond". The panelists - Tess Vistro (Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development), Queensley Ajuyakpi (Women Environmental Programme), Sabine Bock (Women in Europe for a Common Future), Ulrike Röhr (LIFE e.V.) and Bridget Burns (Women's Environmental & Development Organization) – provided different regional perspectives on key elements of the current negotiations. The discussion emanated from a position paper published by the Women and Gender Constituency on occasion of the climate conference in Bonn.
As a key action item emerging from the Lima Work Programme on Gender, an in-session workshop organized by the climate secretariat was held at SB42 to address "Gender-responsive climate policy with a focus on mitigation action and technology development and transfer". Even though the workshop was an important step in the right direction and reflected the necessity of integrating gender equality in the international climate regime – from the feminist point of vie the workshop was a disappointment. The current state of the art of science, debate and practice was not taken into account and the necessary structural changes of gender relations were not addressed enough.
In reaction to the workshop GenderCC and LIFE e.V. issues a statement on the workshop.
Submission on the Lima Work Programme on Gender
In February 2015 genanet/LIFE and GenderCC made a submission on the Lima Work Programme on Gender to the UN Climate Secretariat . In the submission steps are presented necessary for the effectiveness of the work programme and the successful intergration of gender equality as a cross-cutting principle in all climate-related policies and practices.
No „miracle of Lima“ at the UN Climate Conference
Download the "Lima Work Programme on Gender"
Gender at the UN climate conference (COP19) in Warsaw
The climate conference in Warsaw was characterized by intensive gender-debates and by the fact that hardly any progress in the negotiations was achieved. This was the reason why the civil society groups – including women’s and environmental organizations – left the conference center in a joint action on November 21st 2013. You can find more information on this action and statements on COP19 in the press area (available in German only).
GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice:
GenderCC is an international network of women and gender experts. It was co-founded by LIFE e.V./genanet, kickstarted at COP9 in Mailand and has since grown continuously. GenderCC aims at integrating gender justice and Gender Mainstreaming in climate change policy-making at local, national and international levels. It's advocating the involvement of women's organizations and gender experts in the negotiations; it's developing positions on climate policies and is working towards raising awareness and building capacity relating to gender and climate change.
UNFCCC Women & Gender Constituency
The Women and Gender Constituency is the stakeholder group of accredited observer organizations active in the field of Gender and climate change in the context of the UNFCCC process. On its platform information on activities during the climate conferences are provided. Furthermore the single member organizations are introduced. These are for example: WEDO - Women's Environment and Development Organisation, WECF - Women in Europe for a Common Future, LIFE Bildung, Umwelt, Chancengleichheit e.V. and ENERGIA - International Network Gender and Sustainable Energy.