Our project team is currently representing the 'Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative' on the World Urban Forum (WUF) 10 in Abu Dhabi. The Initiative explores options for integrating gender and social aspects into policies in several pilot cities. You want to know more about the gender-responsive and empowering urban planning project? Read more here.
GenderCC is supporting the Climate Strike demonstration called by #FridaysForFuture on the 20th of September in Berlin. Read our feminist call for action in English, German and Spanish.
We will join the feminist block "Feminism4Future" at the strike demonstration, organised by the Kali feminist group with our cooperation. We believe it is important to bring in different perspectives into the block, for which we invite you to join us on September 20th. Our demand: there is no climate justice without gender justice! Meet us at 12 pm at the Brandenburger Tor. You will find us with our banner "Feminists demand climate justice"! We would be happy to see you there. We also invite our international members and supporters to participate at the climate strike in your respective countries and show: we all stand together to save our planet! Use the hashtag #womenforclimatestrike in your social media, so everybody can see that we are present in the fight for gender and climate justice!
GenderCC is one of the 12 European NGOs participating in the 2019 edition of the EU-China NGO twinning programme. The programme seeks to strengthen collaboration among civil society organisations working on climate change, low-carbon development, environmental and social justice in both regions.
Isadora Cardoso, project coordinator at GenderCC, concluded a 4-week stay with the partner organisation Yunnan Green Environment Development Foundation (YGF) in Kunming, Yunnan Province. The exchange stay was guided by the Chinese counterpart, Jia Yuan, project manager at the YGF. Both participants exchanged on the structure and content of their work, and introduced their main topics of expertise to each other. In October, GenderCC will host Jia Yuan for one month.
The programme also included a capacity-building workshop in Beijing, where all 24 participants gathered to share their exchange experiences and learn with other Chinese and European experts on international cooperation among civil society. Panels and world cafes on the SDGs were also part of the workshop. GenderCC contributed to a panel on the commonalities and differences on the work of women and gender NGOs in both China and Europe.
The programme is organised by Stiftung Asienhaus, in cooperation with Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO). The list of the current twinners can be found here.
GenderCC stands in solidarity with the Global Women's Strike taking place on March 8th, 2017 on International Women's Day.
Together with our partners from the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice we are calling for climate justice, for women’s human and reproductive rights, for women's equal participation in policy-making and gender equality in all spheres of society. We are calling for an end to patriarchal structures of power, to the capitalist economic system that is based on the exploitation of natural resources and women's reproductive labour, and to the various forms of violence against women.
We are calling for System Change, not Climate Change!
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.
We demand Emissions Down, Women's Rights Up!
Unless global greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced, there is no way how women’s rights and the right to development can be fulfilled. The same applies the other way round: there is no climate justice without gender justice.
Read the solidarity statement of the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice (WGCCJ) on the Global Women's Strike.
To celebrate this year’s annual International Day for Women and Girls in Science we ran a week long social media campaign, which started on the 11th February, to highlight women working in the field of climate science. We started this campaign with the aim of highlighting the under representation of women working in climate science and to encourage more women and girls to get involved in climate science. We got in touch with female climate scientists from all over the world and we asked them to respond to issues surrounding women and climate science. Some of the questions were closely linked with gender and others more related to the scientists personal achievements. The scientists’ views on gender and climate science often converged, many stating that it is critical for more women and girls to be involved in climate science.
In 2015, it was reported that only 17% of the leading authors of the ten most cited 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 (Carbon Brief 2015; Nash 2015). In most scientific fields women are under represented and many leadership positions are held by men. Additionally, women of colour and women from the global South are further discriminated against and face further challenges working in the field of science. Many people still think that boys and men are better in understanding maths and science. These stereotypes are fed to children at a young age and interfere in decision making. For example, in a study it was found that when young women were asked for their sex in the beginning of a math test they perform worse than their male counterparts and also another group of women who did not have to state their sex (Steele and Quinn 1998). Feeding people these gendered stereotypes can dissuade young women and girls from choosing a STEM profession, such as working in the climate sciences.
Women should be better represented in the climate sciences as they have so much to offer to the solutions. As we have seen from our responses from the female climate scientists interviewed, the failure to fully represent women is problematic as women can offer different approaches and solutions to tackle climate change. Through obscuring women’s capabilities, many viable and essential approaches are overlooked, such as taking more collaborative approaches. From the responses of these women, we can see that many feel that women have a different way of communicating science and asking questions. More needs to be done in order to increase the participation of women in the field of climate science, and women who are currently in the field need to be highlighted and properly represented in academic papers.
Click on the names to be directed to the interviews.