GenderCC Newsletter

September 2018

Dear readers, Happy Birthday, GenderCC! 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice. We therefore dedicate this special edition of our newsletter to look back to the early years and to celebrate the global, diverse and lively network GenderCC has become. We hope you enjoy this issue! Kind regards, the GenderCC Secretariat team


10 years of GenderCC
    • A note from Gotelind Alber, founder and member of the board
    • Looking back at 10 years fighting for gender and climate justice
    • GenderCC in numbers
    • Festivities in Berlin
    • Video greetings from members
    Changes at the international secretariat
    • Lisa Göldner leaves the GenderCC team
    • Isadora Cardoso from Brazil, our new project assistant
    • Lea Scheffler, our intern from September - December 2018


    Calendar of Events


    10 years of GenderCC

    A note from Gotelind Alber, founder and member of the board

    On behalf of GenderCC’s Board of Directors, I wish to thank all members, volunteers, and supporters for their continuing support. We greatly appreciate the role you all play in GenderCC. Whether you strengthen the network by joining as a member, sharing your views, expertise and experience, representing GenderCC in the UNFCCC process, collaborating and contributing to GenderCC’s projects, helping with donations and grants, or just reading this newsletter and spreading the word, you are keeping GenderCC going and contributing to our joint effort and achievements to make women’s voices heard in climate policy and working towards gender and climate justice.

    Looking back at 10 years fighting for gender and climate justice

    At the Anniversary, founding member of GenderCC Ulrike Röhr guided the guests through highlights of the past 10 years fighting for gender and climate justice and shared anecdotes. It all started in 2007, with COP 13 in Bali, when a group of women from all over the world attended to offer a gender perspective for the first time. Among many other points, Ulrike moved on to the official recognition of the Women and Gender Constituency in 2011 and finally concluded with our current projects in Germany. Read a shortened and translated version of her speech here.

    GenderCC in numbers

    On the occasion of our 10th birthday, we took time to look into more data of our network to illustrate how GenderCC grew in the past decade. On the festivities, we presented a handmade drawing of the GenderCC members worldwide, which is available here. By August 2018, GenderCC has 33 member organisations and 106 individual members, whereof 34 are based in Africa, 27 in Asia and the Pacific, 27 in Europe, 9 in North America und 9 in South America.

    Festivities in Berlin

    To celebrate our anniversary, GenderCC hosted a birthday party on August 23 in Berlin. More than 60 people attended the festivities that took place in the courtyard of the women’s cooperative Weiberwirtschaft where the office of GenderCC’s International Secretariat is located. The party started with a wine reception and live music followed by a welcome note by Gotelind Alber, member of GenderCC's Board of Directors and a keynote speech by MinDirig Berthold Goeke, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. He was followed by Ulrike Röhr, founding member of GenderCC, who looked back at 10 years fighting for gender and climate justice (see link to speech above). We then organised a panel talk with guests around the question “where do we stand in the integration of gender justice into climate policies?” The guests were: Anne-Lise Koch Lavisse, the official Gender Focal Point to the UNFCCC of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Arn Sauer, Officer for Gender Mainstreaming at the German Federal Environment Agency Cordine Lippert, Head of the Coordination Office Climate Protection City of Potsdam Ann-Kathrin Schneider, Head of International Climate Policy with BUND/Friends of the Earth Germany, and Kate Cahoon, Germany Campaigner with 350.org The session was moderated by Claudia Neusüß from compassorange. We thank all panellists for their participation, commitment and the inspiring discussion. After the discussion a finger food buffet by “The real junk food project Berlin”, was offered. Read more about this climate-friendly initiative here. A live Handpan concert by the artist Karukene accompanied the dinner.  We are honoured and privileged to have received so many nice birthday greetings, presents and wishes from all over the world. Video greetings were screened at the event and uploaded to our website, along with photos of the event. During the evening guests were invited to take part in a game about history and stories of GenderCC. 

    Changes at the International Secretariat

    Lisa Göldner leaves the GenderCC team

    Lisa Göldner, who has worked with us for the past 3.5 years has left the team of GenderCC’s International Secretariat at the end of September to pursue a new position. We thank her very much for her great work and positive energy and wish her the best for all her future endeavours.

    Isadora Cardoso from Brazil, our new project assistant

    We are pleased to announce the newest member of our international secretariat! Isadora Cardoso will join GenderCC from October on to support the implementation of our projects, especially the Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative. Isadora has sound work experience with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, having previously worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Brazil. She has just obtained her master’s in globalisation and development studies, and her thesis included an internship, which she completed with us last spring. In her own words: “I am extremely excited to come back to GenderCC, where I will particularly support the expansion of its network and partnerships among Latin American and Caribbean organisations, while also strengthening the current implementation of GenderCC's evidence-based projects in Asia and Africa. I expect my commitment to the organisation’s mission to foster the global call for gender and climate justice!” Isadora's email adress will be (valid from 1st of October, 2018): I.cardoso@gendercc.net.

    Lea Scheffler: Our intern from September – December 2018

    Lea is currently completing her master degree in Human Ecology – Culture, Power and Sustainability at Lund University in Sweden, where she engages with structural dimensions of climate and environmental issues. She is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial topics. In the past she has been active with Fem Fighters, a Lund based student organisation working on intersections of gender equality and sustainability. She is looking forward to support the secretariat as well all our members.


    Punching Below Their Weight: Monitoring the G7 support for adaptation and gender equality Care International, 2018 This report presents, for the first time, a comprehensive analysis of the finance provided by the G7 group, as the main causers of climate change and main providers of climate finance, to developing countries for climate change adaptation and to what extent it promotes gender equality. This analysis is based on the over 16,000 projects in the OECD database supported by the G7 in 2013 - 2016. The results show that there is an urgent need to increase financial support for climate change adaptation with much stronger gender equality efforts. More  Climate change, young women and girls: Vulnerability, impacts and adaptation in Northern Thailand. Plan International, 2018 This report seeks to address a major research gap by adopting an intersectionality approach to better understand the different climate risks, vulnerabilities, adaptation and resilience among people of different ages and different genders. In particular, this report aims to shed light on the specific climate change challenges faced by young women and girls in Northern Thailand whose experiences are not only influenced by age and gender, but also by poverty, legal status, ethnicity, language and education. More Access for all Series: Policies for Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development WEDO and The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), 2018 The paper explores how transportation systems have failed to account for diverse mobility patterns and needs among genders. It provides an overview of the gender aspects of sustainability mobility for civil society, government officials, foundations, and transport experts, and it offers a set of recommendations to improve access for women. The paper further discusses how transport systems historically have not taken into consideration the different mobility patterns and needs between genders and how this creates a dynamic that perpetuates gender gaps in society, in both developed and developing world cities. More 

    Calendar of Events

    23-25 October 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: Africa Youth Conference The conference, under the theme of “Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Africa - Prioritizing Investment in Youth Development in the Post-2015 Agenda”, organised by UN Women and the UNDP will offer a platform for young people and key stakeholders to showcase their work, share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively addressing youth challenges in Africa, with a special focus on addressing the challenges facing women and girls. More 26 October 2018, Berlin, Germany: Final Workshop the project “The contribution of gender justice to successful climate politics: impact assessment, interdependencies with other social categories, methodological issues and options for shaping climate policy” A workshop for policy makers, administrators, researchers and NGOs where results of a research project by the German Environment Protection Agency on Gender Impact Assessment, interdependencies with other social categories, methodological issues and options for shaping climate policy are presented. More 25-27 November 2018, Barcelona, Spain: Urban Transitions 2018 Urban Transitions 2018 aims to promote healthy urban development by bringing together the different disciplines working within cities to provide enhanced understanding of the linkages involved and develop multi-sectorial solutions. More  2-14 December 2018, Katowice, Poland: COP 24 In December, the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Katowice, Poland. More