The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which took place in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, led to the adoption of the famous -but unfortunately not legally binding- Agenda 21. Furthermore, three legally binding international conventions were adopted. One of them is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention is the only agreement adopted during the Rio Conference that does not make any reference to women or gender aspects.
Due to the unrestricted consumption in countries with middle and high income and the greenhouse gas emissions caused thereby, climate change is becoming the most severe ecological crisis of our time. Respectively, one of the main tasks of environmental policy is not only to mitigate this crisis, but also to encourage adaptation to the multiple changes global warming is causing. This task can only be achieved if justice – including gender justice – is the one guiding principle behind all actions.
genanet / LIFE e.V. has been active at the international climate negotiations for many years and was one of the main actors pushing the formal recognition of the Women and Gender Constituency in the UNFCCC process. The climate negotiations are tough, as we can read every year again in the media. But the gender perspective –at least what the negotiators understand as such – has gained attention over the last years. For a comprehensive insight have a look at the website of GenderCC - the international network of gender and climate organizations genanet co-founded – or on the homepage of the Women & Gender Constituency.
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.