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GENDER @ UNFCCC COP19
LIFE is represented in Warsaw at the Climate Conference working at in bringing gender into the climate change debates. An array of gender events will take place. Follow our reports...
GENDER SUBMISSION TO THE UNFCCC
The submission by LIFE/genanet on how to advance the goal of gender balance in bodies established pursuant to the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, in order to improve women’s...
GENDER INNOVATIONS IN UNFCCC POLICY
Strategies to address “gender” in climate change policy were discussed in a side event during the SB meetings in Bonn. The links between gender balance and gender responsive climate...
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We are happy to annouce the launch of a report we - LIFE/genanet and Milieu Ltd - have prepared for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). It compiled research and knowledge on gender and climate change available in the 27 EU member states, and researched data regarding participation of women and men in decision making in particular in the fields of energy and transport.
Additionally, we provided a policy analysis, screening the climate change policy measures in the EU27 regarding integration of gender issues and providing some pilots how to do so. This one was supposed to aim at EIGES future work and will probabely not be published.
Any development programme or policy addressing climate change should be premised on the principle that neither the impact pathways nor the responses to climate change are gender-neutral, and that a gender-responsive approach is required from the outset.
Yet, while some progress has been made over the past few years, few strategies for climate change adaptation and low-carbon development take an appropriate, comprehensive gender-responsive approach. Amongst known and new sets of stakeholders working on climate change and development-related issues – including governments, civil society and the more recently emerging role of the private sector in low-carbon initiatives – donors’ leadership on promoting a much greater focus on the social and gender dimensions of climate change is, therefore, essential. [...]
The paper outlines a rationale for improved integration of gender into climate change and seeks to support donors in this endeavour by investigating the challenges and opportunities donors are facing, updating the wider body of work and knowledge on gender and climate change and the status of gender in global and national climate policies. Based on these findings, it proposes key principles, questions and strategies for donors – from bilateral and multilateral to non-governmental organisations with a funding role – to improve gender and climate change linkages. Finally, it also offers a menu of ideas for indivudual steps for donors to take.
More than 100 000 participants met from 27 January to 1 February at the 9th World Social Forum in Belem (Brasil). In its declaration, the Women's Assembly called for a radical change in production and consumption models, leading to a more sustainable concept, and proposed profound changes in relations among human beings and with the environment. In the struggle against the destruction of biodiversity in the Amazonas region and worldwide, the fight for reproductive rights, against homophobia and the demand to end armed conflicts a worldwide feminist movement is needed. AWID has published a WSF report from a feminist perspective, including the Women's Assembly declaration. Other declarations passed at the Forum include a call for international climate justice.
A feminist background paper written by the working group Women in the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development and genanet.
On 28 February 2008, "gender perspectives on climate change" were considered as emerging issue for the 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). An expert panel consisting of five gender experts, among them Minu Hemmati for the gendercc network, illustrated the interrelatedness of gender issues and climate change policies. The panelists contributions were followed by government statements and questions from over 20 Member States. You can download the moderator's summary here. The presentations are available on the CSW website.
genanet was asked by the UNFCCC secretariat to nominate 8 women for observers to the UN general assembly. Thanks to the gender and climate change network and cooperation with WEDO there were many more women interested in participation than seats available - although there was no funding provided for travel. The group will use the opportunity to plan for women's / gender activities during the 'real' climate change conference in December in Bali.
A day before the UN meeting WEDO, together with Heinrich Boell Foundation Washington and the Council of Women World Leaders organised a high-level round table „Levers of Global Security: Examining How a Changing Climate Impacts Women" in which a genanet representative took part. The report of the round table.
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) jointly launched the Women’s Manifesto on Climate Change, on 15 May 2007, at the House of Commons, London. With more than 70 attendees representing a range of NGOs, policy makers and individuals, the event was a great success.
The Women's Manifesto presented women's priorities for UK government and industry action on climate change and called for greater mobilisation of women as a powerful resource in reducing UK carbon emissions. It also emphasised the need to involve women more in climate change decision-making, and in determining Board-level strategy, to reflect women's environmental concerns. The manifesto is based on a research survey, Getting in the Picture: Women's Priorities for Action and Involvement in Tackling Climate Change.
The Women's Manifesto, the research report, as well as two press releases are available at WEN's website.
The effects of climate change are already being felt: especially by local communities in developing countries. They have to adjust their livelihood practices and cope with these changes. This briefing paper by Both Ends analyses the current international debate on adaptation to climate change from the perspective of local organisations working on sustainable development and poverty reduction. Drawing on eight case examples and a background paper on gender and adaptation that was written by Ulrike Roehr / genanet, it provides policy recommendations to experts, donors and policy makers in developed and developing countries. The briefing paper and all background papers used can be downloaded at the Both End website.
The issue 74/75 of the Canadian Women and Environments International Magazine is focusing on gender & climate change. Among others, the current issue has articles by genanet director Ulrike Roehr und Dr. Minu Hemmati (A huge challenge and a narrow discourse. Ain't no space for gender in climate change policy?), Kirsty Duncan (Global climate change and women's health), Jimena Eyaguirre (Climate change and Canada), Mimi Osei-Agyemang (Temperatures Rising. Understanding the relationship between climate change, conflict and women), Ana Isla (the Kyoto Protocol. A war on subsistence) or Leigh Brownhill (Gendered struggles for the commons).
If you are from Europe, you may order your issue at the price of 5 EUR plus mailing expenses at genanet. Thus you don't have to order it in Canada, which makes life much easier for our colleagues in Toronto, who are producing the magazine on a voluntary basis.
From the end of 2003 until spring 2005 the Climate Alliance of European Cities carried out its first gender project: in co-operation with 10 cities from 4 European countries the situation of women in local climate protection was researched, and instruments discussed to improve the share of women in decision making in local climate change policies. The findings are now published in a toolkit, which is really recommendable!
The toolkit is available as hard copy in German, English, or Italian. In Swedish and Finnish tools and checklist can be downloaded as pdf-file form the Website (without layout). You can order the toolkit for free at Climate Alliance.
In co-operation with Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), genanet produced a leaflet in English on gender justice in climate change policies. It introduces clipped gender issues in climate change and climate protection policies, show, what has to be done to address these issues and suggests references for more information.
Betsy Hartmann wrote an article about impacts of conflicts induced by climate change on women and gender relations. Very worth to be read!