A series of AWG sessions paves the road to Copenhagen advancing the negotitations in order to facilitate results at COP15. Women and gender experts are extremely busy, lobbying for the integration of gender into the Copenhagen outcomes. The next sessions are from 28 September-9 October in Bangkok and 2-6 November in Barcelona. See share of women in the delegations of the parties 2008/2009.


Resumed 9th & 7th sessions of the AWGs, Barcelona, 2 Nov - 6 Nov

Womens Caucus

The Caucus was held daily and saw fruitful discussions.


Women and Gender Constituency to lobby for gender in shared vision

The Women and Gender Constituency decided to strongly lobby for a general paragraph in the shared vision (and of course all the other gender/women references in the various parts under discussions too) as more and more gender-references are deleted from the official negotiation text.

Background

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has clearly articulated the important role of women in addressing climate change. Therefore, any outcome of the AWG LCA that does not clearly reference women and gender would be very weak and critically flawed.

The Women and Gender Constituency would like to recall that the UNFCCC process, as all other UN processes, should ensure compliance with existing women’s rights standards and best practice as enshrined in CEDAW, MDGs and Security Council Resolution 1325.

Currently references to women and gender in the LCA documents are fragmented and completely omitted in some parts of the document, e.g. the sections on financing and technology transfer lack any reference to women.  Moreover, there is a risk that existing references might disappear during the ”cleaning” of the text.  To ensure the proper inclusion of women (in all aspects of ...) we propose to add a comprehensive paragraph on women in the Shared Vision that would avoid duplication and unnecessary complexity while summarising the main elements of the inclusion of gender.


9th & 7th sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Groups, Bangkok, 28 Sep - 9 Oct 09


Highlight: Training on Women and Climate Change, 28-29 September

Gender experts held a training on women and climate change. This training introduced women from grassroot organisations and women’s activists on issues debated and negotiated in climate change. Local wisdom attained by grassroot women in their struggle to adapt to the changing climate was explored as well.

Among the multiple issues covered in depth during the two-day training were adaptation, technology, carbon emission reduction / mitigation, and market based solutions, climate financing as well as private equity funds of climate and energy financing. Various accounts of personal records related to climate change and open spaces for discussion provided for an interesting learning experience and a fruitful exchange of ideas.

Review the program of the training
See the Asian Women's Declaration on Climate Change



Women's March and other Women's Actions

Heavy rains did not stop women, environmentalists, indigenous people and women’s rights organizations from staging a protest action in front of the UNESCAP building at 10 a.m. on Oct. 1. The women unfurled a giant collaborative quilt on the impacts of global warming on Asian communities and the people’s responses. The quilt, a symbol of unity, creativity and diversity, drew together stories of struggle for climate justice. More information; More photos; Watch a video


Womens Caucus

The Womens Caucus by now is established as the forum for female participants of the negotiations. Its final statement for this session is ready for download. On behalf of the WomensCaucus and the Asian Womens Networks Esperanza Santos made an intervention at the closing plenary.


Rationale

Virtually absent and excluded from the negotiations are the people from the ground, whose lives are mostly affected –by the impacts of climate change itself, and by some of the solutions to mitigate climate change, too, that are decided without asking their opinions and consent. Even less represented are women, who eventually have to carry most of the burdens of the changing climate and the top-down decisions and remedies offered. 

If women are mentioned in the negotiating documents, then as victims only, as the most vulnerable groups to the impacts of climate change. However, these most strongly affected women are rarely standing in front of the decision makers –be it at local, national and international level- to act and speak on behalf of themselves. Moreover, their special skills and knowledge to cope with the impacts and to find real and viable solutions to the climate crisis are neglected. *Titi Soentoro

A compilation of gender / women references in the draft negotiation text from 15.9.09 of the AWG-LCA is to be found in the downloads-box to the right.


Gender activities at the informal meeting in Bonn, August 2009


The informal meeting in Bonn offered no space for interventions or side events. However, gender advocates used the opportunity of the more intimate atmosphere to lobby. Also, the women's caucus was held every day.

GenderCC's lobbying points and arguments are ready for download.


Gender Events at the Climate Talks in Bonn, June 2009 (SBSTA, SBI, AWG)

The thirtieth sessions of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies - SBSTA and SBI, the eighth session of the AWG-KP and the sixth session of the AWG-LCA, took place in Bonn, Germany from 1 - 12 Jun 2009.

GenderCC organised the daily women's caucus, aiming to strategize and to share information, as well as to undertake further steps towards beeing recognized as a constituency in the UNFCCC process.

GenderCC and LIFE e.V. have organised the Side Event "Gender mainstreaming and beyond. National strategies to engender climate change policy" on Friday, 05 Jun 2009. Achieving true justice between women and men in relation to climate change involves fundamental cultural, structural and institutional change and the strengthening of individual capacities. Women from various world regions presented their strategies for meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles.

Together with Germanwatch e.V. and several other NOGs, GenderCC held the conference and film festival "Survival at stake? What is needed in Copenhagen for the most vulnerable?" on Saturday, 06 Jun 2009.  The event was geared to put a focus on those people, communities and countries whose survival is at stake, who are most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

On 09 Jun 2009 GenderCC together with WECF held the very successful Side Event "Gender, Migration and Climate Change". Climate change related migration patterns have differentiated impacts on women and men: migration is influencing and changing social roles while increasing prevailing gender imbalances. Migration is perceived as a humanitarian challenge by the international community. At the same time, climate change-induced migration is increasingly treated as a security issue by countries and international institutions. Read more on our migration page.
Presentations: Maira Zahur (Pakistan), Sharmind Neelormi (Bangladesh); Keti Kiria (Georgia), UNFCCC webcast

The intervention of the Women's Causus during the closing plenary of the 8th session of the AWG-KP was given by Khamarunga Banda, South Africa (ENERGIA/WEDO). The intervention is available in the download box. Some photos from our acrivitites you will find at flickr.


Submissions to the 5th and 7th Sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Groups

An increasing number of countries mention gender in their contributions or submissions, such are Bangladesh, Lesotho (on behalf of the LDCs), Guatemala (on behalf of Central America), Colombia (Adaptation), Tuvalu, Finland, Iceland (with Norway and Denmark), Georgia (community-based CDM projects), Algeria (on behalf of the African Group). 

Please find selected gender related submissions by non-governmental organisations in the download box.

On behalf of women and gender NGOs GenderCC held a joint statement with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) speaking on behalf of the TUNGOS at the Final Plenary Session at AWG-LCA 5 / AGW-KP 7 session.

Representatives of the women's caucus met with the NGO liaison for the Danish government, ambassador Thomsen, on March 30 and highlighted the necessity of supporting  the process of granting Women and Gender NGOs a constituency and making sure that visa formalities for non-EU residents are processed smoothly and without complications.