This edition of GenderCC's newsletter highlights the work we have been doing together with our project partners in the Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiative, along with a new project focusing on international climate justice advocacy. It introduces to the gender action plan that will be negotiated at the upcoming SB46 Sessions under the UNFCCC and points out current activities by the gender and climate change community as well as recent publications.
The next months will bring some changes at the GenderCC Secretariat, as Kate Cahoon, our current project coordinator, will be leaving the team in mid-May. She has been with GenderCC for the past 5 years and was responsible for many newsletters in that time. We wish her the very best for her future endeavours!
At the GenderCC Secretariat, we hope that our network will continue to grow and flourish. If you are interested in getting more involved with our network of non-governmental organisations, experts and activists working on gender and climate change please consider becoming a member. Or make a donation to support our work towards gender-responsive climate policies and a feminist future.
We hope you enjoy this issue!
The GenderCC Secretariat team
Our current project Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiative (GUCCI) has now been running for one year! Our partners from Aksi!/Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesia), GenderCC Southern Africa (South Africa) and All India Women's Conference (AIWC) have produced first results and have successfully expanded their contacts to the pilot cities' administrations. Based on the newly developed GAMMA methodology (Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation) all partners conducted interviews with various stakeholders working on climate and gender related issues in the respective cities. Based on the interviews and a gender screening of the cities' climate policies an assessment report will be published this year which will shed light on the most urgent fields for action. Our partner organisations are also busy reaching out to local NGOs and grassroots women in order to work with them on enhancing their capacities for taking action in local decision-making.
In the past months two important meetings were held. In January the final national inception workshop hosted by AIWC kicked-off their activities under the GUCCI project in India and introduced the project to local stakeholders. In April the second international meeting took place for which all members of the project team met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The meeting aimed at sharing experiences made when conducting the interviews with local stakeholders and reaching out to the cities' administrations. It became apparent that even though many cities already developed climate action programmes and strategies, the implementation is largely lacking behind. Gender has so far not systematically been taken into account in any of the pilot cities' climate policies, although some of them have gender equality departments. After the interviews, most pilot cities' administrations expressed their interest towards integrating gender in their climate-related activities and were interested in receiving recommendations. The meeting further helped to jointly develop ideas for local projects and campaigns that can be used as showcases of gender just-climate action in the cities. The international meetings play a crucial role in the project as they offer space for peer-review of the partners' national work, for mutual exchange and transnational learning experiences. After two international meetings the mutual trust between all partners could be greatly enhanced. The meeting ended with a visit together with YAKKUM Emergency Unit to the mountainous region of central Java to learn about community-based water management and aquaculture activities organised by women’s groups. The trip was a great experience for exchanging gender-just solutions between rural and urban areas.
A toolkit for using the GAMMA methodology will be available at the end of this year. If you have questions or would like to get to know more about gender-just urban climate policies, do not hesitate to get in touch with our International Secretariat.
Learn more about our past activities and keep up-to-date with the GUCCI project here.
Together with our long-standing partner organisation in Germany, LIFE e.V., GenderCC launched a new project at the beginning of 2017 called "Not without us! Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics". The aim of the project is to promote the integration of gender justice within the global climate justice movement and in the international climate regime. It is supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Throughout the year, selected activists and gender experts from environmental groups and women's organisations, primarily from the Global South, will be supported in their attempts to connect local struggles for climate and gender justice with the UNFCCC process, enabling networking with other actors.
On April 20, the project got underway with a webinar hosted on GenderCC's global learning platform with the title "From global to local: linking climate and gender justice struggles to the UNFCCC". The speakers were Ndivile Mokoena (South Africa), Melissa Moreano (Ecuador), Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura (Indonesia), and Patricia Bohland (Germany), with Nanna Birk (Germany) providing an input on gender advocacy within the UNFCCC, and Kate Cahoon (Australia/Germany) as facilitator. The discussion focused on how their work is connected to the global climate movement and the international climate negotiations, as well as how this space can be used to promote climate justice and gender justice.
Further activities will include a capacity building workshop in Bonn on May 7 and an ongoing dialogue between international activists in the lead up to COP23.
For more information on the project click here.
In 2015, it was reported that only 17% of the leading authors of the ten most cited research papers were women. In the same report it was found that the scientific papers which garnered the most media attention all had a male lead author. To celebrate this year's annual International Day for Women and Girls in Science GenderCC ran a week long social media campaign to highlight women working in the field of climate science. We started this campaign with the aim of drawing attention to the under-representation of women working in climate science and to encourage more women and girls to get involved in climate-related research. GenderCC's former intern, Louise Lap, conducted interviews with seven leading female climate scientists on their stand on gender and climate justice and the importance of women in climate science. All interviews can be read here.
The GenderCC team will be represented at the SB46 negotiations in Bonn from May 8 - 18, 2017. In addition to the capacity building workshop planned as part of GenderCC and LIFE's Not without us! project, we will be actively involved in the advocacy of the Women and Gender Constituency and other gender-related events during both weeks of the negotiations.
On May 10 and 11, an in-session workshop will be held on the development of a gender action plan under the UNFCCC. The workshop is the result of a decision adopted by Parties at COP22 that requested the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) to develop a gender action plan in order to support the implementation of gender-related decisions and mandates under the UNFCCC process.
In the lead up to this workshop, an informal consultation was held from March 27-28 in The Hague, organised by the Governments of the Netherlands and Costa Rica and UN Women, in consultation with the UNFCCC Secretariat to discuss possible elements of the gender action plan. Kate Cahoon attended on behalf of GenderCC, along with several other representatives of the Women and Gender Constituency.
GenderCC also contributed to the Women and Gender Constituency joint submission on the gender action plan at the beginning of the year.
GenderCC's member Tahnee Prior is co-building an exciting platform that plugs into women's stories from across the Arctic; with the hopes of filling policy gaps, and to augment past, and to inspire present and future research.
You can support this project and contribute to start this conversation by sharing your story, your research, or your support. The first set of stories will be launched in late 2017. Contributions are welcome on a rolling basis; in all Arctic languages and in any medium (video, audio, photography, essays, poetry, etc.).
The Women's Global Call for Climate Justice stood in solidarity with the Global Women's Strike on March 8, 2017 on International Women's Day.
On this occasion we highlighted once more that the challenges of climate change and gender injustice resemble each other in that they require the existing (and deeply flawed) systems of power, politics and economics to be addressed and overcome. We believe that linking women’s rights, gender justice and climate justice is key to achieving the fundamental changes urgently needed to halt global warming and to ensure women's full and equal participation in all spheres of society.
The feminization of environmental migration is already underway in South Asia but governments are slow to recognise the role of climate change and there is a dramatic lack of political action on the issue. Climate induced migration is still often treated as a gender neutral issue even though women and girls experience migration differently than men and are facing specific challenges such as the danger to fall victim to human trafficking. Numerous civil society organisations are therefore calling on national policy-makers to especially monitor the impacts of climate-induced migration on women and to take urgent action. Read more
As a sign of the growing recognition of the relevance of gender to urban climate action the first C40 Women4Climate conference was held in New York in March 2017. The conference brought together female mayors from cities around the world. We hope the C40 will keep up the momentum and the conference will be followed by actions on the part of the participating mayors. Read more
Climate finance, financial flows mobilized by industrialized country governments and private entities that support climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries, can catalyse the much-needed transition to zero-carbon and climate-resilient development while also fostering equitable social policy, including gender equality and women's empowerment. While the recent integration of gender considerations into key multilateral climate finance mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund are first steps in the right direction, gender considerations have yet to be effectively mainstreamed in ongoing climate change programmes and activities. The United Nations Development Programme and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance published a brochure taking on gender-responsive climate finance. Read more
Elena Louisa Alter, intern
Last summer Elena finished her Bachelor's degree in Environmental and Political Science at Leuphana University Lüneburg. During her stay abroad in Nicaragua and Colombia she got in touch with different practitioners in the field of Education for Sustainable Development, rural development such as permaculture and gained a deeper understanding of what environmental and climate injustice is about and how it is related to gender inequality. In order to learn more about climate change politics and the empowerment of women to participate in decision making processes, Elena started a three months' internship at GenderCC's International Secretariat in May. She can be reached at elena.alter(at)posteo.de or at intern(at)gendercc.net during her internship with us.
Louise Lap, intern
Louise has just completed her Master's degree in International Development at the University of Bristol. In her dissertation, she explored how the Capabilities Approach by Amartya Sen could be applied to gender and climate justice. During her academic studies, Louise has focused on issues based around environmental politics, gender, conflict and peace building. After completing her Master's, she started a three month internship (January – March 2017) at GenderCC's International Secretariat, where she could further develop her understanding of a gender and climate justice organisation and their practices. At GenderCC, she researched the impacts of climate change-induced rural-urban migration on women and what the implications would be if policies around climate change-induced migration were more gender-sensitive. Louise can be contacted at louiselap(at)live.ie
Susan Buckingham and Virginie Le Masson (2017): Understanding climate change through gender relations
This book explains how gender, as a power relationship, influences climate change related strategies, and explores the additional pressures that climate change brings to uneven gender relations. It considers the ways in which men and women experience the impacts of these in different economic contexts. The chapters dismantle gender inequality and injustice through a critical appraisal of vulnerability and relative privilege within genders.
The book compiles several interesting articles. Nevertheless we want to draw your special attention to the following two:
Kronsell, Annica (2017): The contribution of feminist perspectives to climate governance
Gotelind Alber, Kate Cahoon and Ulrike Röhr (2017): Gender and urban climate change policy: tackling crosscutting issues towards equitable, sustainable cities
Myrttinen, Henri (2017): The Complex Ties that Bind: Gendered Agency and Expectations in Conflict and Climate Change-related Migration
Based on case studies, this article argues for more nuanced understandings of how gender and other societal markers affect people differently in different contexts of crisis and climate change-related migration to better formulate policy responses.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and The World Bank (2017): Training module - How to integrate gender issues in climate-smart agriculture projects
This training module introduces to methods and tools to identify, formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate gender-responsive actions and practices in climate-smart agriculture projects.
Kate Cahoon (2016): Mainstreaming gender into a polluted stream? Promoting gender equality and and climate justice
The past edition of European Expression took on the broad issue of gender quality and gender mainstreaming. In her article Kate Cahoon argues that paying attention to power relations, including gender relations, and transformative approaches can enable us to develop more effective, climate-saving visions for the future.
7 May 2017, Bonn, Germany: Capacity building workshop – Linking gender and climate justice to the UNFCCC process
GenderCC and LIFE e.V. with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation are hosting a capacity building workshop on how to link struggles for gender and climate justice to the UNFCCC process. Gender and climate justice activists from different parts of the world will come together in this workshop and develop strategies for linking their work on the ground to the international climate negotiations. More
Last-minute registrations for the workshop are still possible. Please contact k.cahoon(at)gendercc.net
8-18 May 2017, Bonn, Germany: Bonn Climate Change Conference
The forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 46) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) as well as the third part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-3) will take place from 8 to 18 May 2017, in Bonn, Germany. More
10-11 May 2017, Bonn, Germany: In-session workshop on the development of a gender action plan under the UNFCCC
The workshop is open to Parties, observers and the media who are registered to attend the forty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies from 8 – 18 May 2017 in Bonn. More