the November issue of our newsletter features updates on all GenderCC activities, projects updates and publications from the gender and climate change community. With COP28 only a few weeks away, we are also happy to share planned activities for Dubai.
As for our members, we would like to remind you of the Annual General Meeting that will be held online in December. An e-mail invitation will follow shortly.
We hope you enjoy this issue!
the GenderCC Secretariat team
UNFCCC COP 28 in Dubai
Our new fellow
Engineering just transitions: Putting money where the mouth is (Dr. Bindu Mohanty, RRAN)
Who Decides: Women's Participation in the UN Climate Change Convention (WEDO)
Prioritizing Care Work Can Unlock a Just Transition for All (WECAN)
Security for whom? New Report on Feminist Perspectives on Militarism & Climate (WEDO/CFFP)
Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals - The Gender Snapshot 2023 (UN WOMEN)
Climate change justice and human rights: An African perspective (Edited by Ademola Oluborode Jegede and Oluwatoyin Adejonwo)
Gendered and Racial Impacts of the Fossil Fuel Industry in North America and Complicit Financial Institutions (WECAN)
Gendered Impacts of Climate Change: Empirical Evidence of Asia (UN WOMEN)
30 November until 12 December 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: UN Climate Change Conference: the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP 28)
This year the NwU team will participate in COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from the 30th November to the 12th December.
Together with ETC Group, LIFE e.V., Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and Indigenous Education Network of Turtle Island, GenderCC will host a Side Event titled "Article 6 on the ground - Real solutions instead of dangerous distractions" on Wednesday, December 6th, 3 - 4:30 pm in room: SE Room 5.
The event will cover how Art.6 needs to be implemented in a way that safeguards homan rights, indigenous people's rights and gender justice. With examples from different regions, the event will explre the linkage between carbon markets, forest conservations and the real solutions needed on the ground.
There will also be new articles on our medium page by the Not without us team.
The project Not without us! Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics is supported by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
The Youth Climate Check
The Youth Climate Check is now published! In collaboration with several youth organizations, GenderCC has now developed a tool based on a gender impact assessment to make climate action more intersectional. This check is intended for you as youth groups or people in youth education working on climate justice and environmental protection. You can use the Youth Climate Check for political demands, campaigns, events or organizational structures. Equipped with short description, examples, guiding questions, tips, tricks and suggestions for solutions, the tool is categorized in the seven topics:
2) "Father, mother, child" - questioning role models,
3) Care and concern for others,
4) Economy - Who owns the world?,
5) Reclaim Space - Public spaces and resources,
6) Power to Participate and Participate, and
7) Body, Health, Safety
For now the tool is only available in German. We are working on an English version as well as an E-Learning tool.
JuGend at COP28
JuGend is going to COP28! GenderCC has the opportunity to display the JuGend project at a Side Event in Dubai on the 10th of December 6:30-8 pm GST at the German pavillion. Together with Deutsche KlimaStiftung and Kindernothilfe GenderCC will focus on youth participation in climate policy and introduce the Youth Climate Check to an international audience. We will post all updates on our social media and website.
GenderCC is part of a large research consortium that is working on the role of citizens’ initiatives in the energy transition. In May 2023, we had the opportunity to meet with our partners on Naxos island in Greece, and as the gender experts of the consortium, Elena Georgiadi & Sarah Louis Montgomery from GenderCC hosted a gender workshop in regards to energy citizenship. In addition, we participated in other workshops organized by our partners. Moreover, the team went on a field trip to the wind farm of Naxos Island and visited nearby villages where the social impacts of the wind turbines are felt the most. There, we met with locals to discuss further any underlying issues and heard their perspective. The project will conclude in 2024, and in the meantime, GenderCC is preparing a brief report which will be published in the foreseeable future. Learn more about the DIALOGUES project here: dialoguesproject.eu.
COP 28 will take place from 30 November until 12 December 2023. Pre-sessionals will take place from 24 to 29 November. Important topics such as the first Global Stocktake (GST) will provide a comprehensive assessment of progress since adopting the Paris Agreement. Also operationalizing and financing of the Loss and Damage Fund, the Mitigation Wok Programme and the Global Goal on Adaptation are main agenda points amongst others. Preliminary information on can be found here.
From GenderCC side Elena Georgiadi will represent the Not without Us! project. They will participate in the first week of the negotiations, as well as various other members of the Not without Us! team. The NwU! Side Event will take place on the 6th of December 2024 from 3-4:30 pm GST in SE Room5 discussing Art.6 on the ground - Real solutions instead of dangerous distractions.
For the JuGend project Noro Enkhbaatar will represent GenderCC at our Side Event on the 10th of December 2023 from 6:30-8 pm GST at the German pavilion discussing youth participation in climate policy.
Sadly, our esteemed colleague Farina Hoffmann has left GenderCC in September. Farina has left an indelible mark on our association, and their dedication and energy will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for their contributions and wish them success in their future endeavors.
The need for Gender-inclusive Just Transition in Germany and India- Flavia Lopes
Earlier this month, I joined GenderCC as a German Chancellor Fellow, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor of Germany. In this year-long fellowship, I will be delving into Germany's transition away from coal-based industries, focusing on how this transition affects people of different gender identities. As an environment journalist from India, I have covered how the fossil fuel industry in India remains heavily male-dominated, with minimal female participation. And, which is why the transition away from this polluting industry into a new economy presents an unique opportunity for different gender groups to be integrated in the process. My work will compare the German experience with the Indian situation, where numerous coal mines are on verge of closure, to explore how integrating gender considerations into transition policies can lead to more equitable outcomes. I'm particularly enthusiastic about collaborating with my colleagues at GenderCC, who are experts in promoting gender equality in these transformative processes, and engaging with the communities involved and experts and activists working on the issue. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting journey!
GenderCC member Dr. Bindu Mohanty wrote an article titled "Engineering just transition: Putting money where the mouth is" on the work of her organisation Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network (RRAN) on conserving the agrobiodiversity of India with women as custodians of native seeds.RRAN is nationally known for its pioneering, on-the-ground work, across India, for increasing the climate resilience of rural vulnerable agrarian communities dependent on rainfall for the success of agriculture.
Read it here.
The report emphasizes that women's participation in climate and environmental decision-making is underscored as a fundamental human right, highlighting its direct correlation with more robust environmental results. However, it acknowledges that despite the commitment made over a decade ago to achieve gender balance within UNFCCC spaces, significant and consistent progress in this regard has yet to be realized, even as the upcoming 10th Conference of the Parties (COP) approaches, marking a decade since the COP18 goal was established in 2012.
Read more here.
The policy brief, titled "Emphasizing the Significance of Care Work in Achieving an Equitable Transition for All," explores the connections between care work and climate concerns. It illustrates how allocating resources to the care sector can not only reduce emissions but also tackle gender and racial disparities, promote systemic transformation, and generate numerous sustainable, low-carbon job opportunities on a global scale.
Here a link to the report.
The report challenges the framing of the climate crisis as a "security challenge" by the U.S. and EU, arguing that militarized solutions and discriminatory migration policies exacerbate the issue's root causes. It advocates for gender-responsive policies and global cooperation, emphasizing the importance of addressing racial and gender justice to achieve climate justice. The report underscores the need to consider feminist foreign policy frameworks and insights from experts from various countries.
Read more here.
The most recent addition to the yearly series created in collaboration by UN Women and UN DESA is now available. This report offers a thorough examination of the advancements in gender equality within all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It emphasizes the need for a comprehensive, unified strategy to promote gender equality, calling for cooperation among various stakeholders and consistent financial support. Failing to enhance initiatives and allocate resources to achieve gender parity poses a significant risk to the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Find there policy brief here.
African populations face both direct and indirect human rights-related challenges from climate change. As African states tackle climate issues amid developmental concerns, questions of fairness between developed and developing nations arise. This volume critically explores the human rights framework's role in achieving climate justice for vulnerable populations, regional protections against climate-related human rights issues, and emerging domestic regulatory approaches in selected African states.
Find the publication here.
The WECAN report offers scientific evidence of the unequal health consequences women face due to fossil fuel pollution. To illustrate, exposure to air pollution and contaminated water has been associated with conditions such as breast cancer, ovarian diseases, and pregnancy-related risks for women. Additionally, living in close proximity to fracking sites has been correlated with adverse birth outcomes, including premature deliveries and high-risk pregnancies.
Access the document here.
This latest research delves into the critical necessity of comprehending how climate change affects gender diversity and resilience on a global scale. This study explores the interconnections between climate change and its gender-related consequences in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste. Advanced machine learning techniques and logistic regression are applied to a dataset that integrates information from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) with geographical data to analyze these associations.
Find the analysis here.