genanet was founded as a project of the registered association LIFE – Education, Environment, Equality e.V.
LIFE is located in Berlin and:
- promotes environmental protection and equal opportunities for women and men in handicrafts, science and Technology
- develops new educational concepts, with environmental protection forming an integral part of all areas of training
- forges links between environmental and feminist politics and organises women's networks to promote equality of opportunity in the environmental sector and on the labour market
- cooperates with many other countries in Europe
Since 2015 genanet is not longer with LIFE e.V., but an own organisation.
Women's Environmental Network
The origins of genanet date back to 1994, when the Women’s Environmental Network was established as a branch of LIFE in Frankfurt/Main. This network was working on combining women’s issues and environmental issues. Over time and in the course of various activities on the local Agenda 21 though, the work focus shifted, thus women's issues developed into gender issues / gender justice and the topic environment emerged into sustainability containing a wider range of aspects. Also our scope changed: from networking to carrying out scientific studies on gender aspects in environmental and sustainability politics as well as to supporting the integration of gender mainstreaming in these policy fields, organizing conferences to raise awareness and to providing background information.
Consequently, in 2002 the Women’s Environmental Network evolved into genanet – Focal Point Gender, Environment, Sustainability. Since summer 2006 genanet is located in Berlin.