GenderCC members have accompanied the development of the international climate change regime from the very beginning and remain actively engaged in advocacy and lobbying within the UNFCCC process.
In doing so, we try to keep in mind that this framework is closely connected to global power structures. It favours the interests of the wealthiest and more powerful industrialised countries, although they are the ones who contribute most to global warming, while those who suffer most from climate change lead mainly low-carbon life-styles and are represented with the smallest delegations. Nonetheless, some of our activities are based on the assumption that the UNFCCC framework can produce outcomes that can guide the world towards meaningful action on climate change.
Faced with the exclusion of women and gender expertise in the UNFCCC process, we demanded to be heard within this process. Requesting constituency status was a logical consequence of our struggle to ensure that women's voices are present. The proceedings were initiated by GenderCC and LIFE e.V. in early 2009, and approved by UNFCCC parties on a provisional basis in the runup to COP 15 in Copenhagen.
Two years later, in 2011, the Women and Gender Constituency was admitted as full stakeholder constituency to the UNFCCC. GenderCC has continued to work together with a range of other organisations and groups to promote gender justice within this framework.
Over the years, GenderCC members have also been involved in other international processes and bodies including the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Rio+20, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and UN HABITAT.
GenderCC also enjoys consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is an accredited observer organisation to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Green Climate Fund.
As the GenderCC International Secretariat is located in Berlin, GenderCC has also become a member of the German NGO network called Climate Alliance Germany (Klima-Allianz). This German network has 115 member organisations from civil society including environmental, development, consumer protection and educational NGOs but also churches, cultural and youth organisations as well as trade unions - all committed to ambitious climate policies. Our membership enables us to increase pressure on German climate politics and also to strengthen gender justice as an key element of global climate justice among key civil society organisations in Germany. Find more information on the activities of Climate Alliance Germany here.