Many excellent papers about gender aspects of the corona crisis have been written by gender experts and organizations at an early stage. The links between the corona crisis and the climate crisis, in contrast, are mentioned less often and then rather cautiously, with the exception of the discussions about emergency assistance and economic recovery programmes. In particular environmental organisations are demanding strict climate protection requirements for economic stimulus packages.
This discussion paper is an attempt to highlight the connections between the corona crisis and the climate crisis, and the responses in Germany. Together, they contribute to create another crisis that has already become apparent, at least in the nursing and education sectors: the crisis of care work. A look at the (very similar) effects of the corona and climate crises on gender relations shows that they are based on structural inequalities and discrimination. It seems that life and survival, and the maintenance of daily life in both the corona and the climate crises are only secured by the fact that the resulting work is absorbed in an area that is already heavily burdened: the paid and unpaid care work in hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the elderly and private households. Many gender experts therefore worry about the long-term negative effects on gender relations and a re-traditionalization of gender roles.
The discussion paper was prepared by genanet, GenderCC and LIFE e.V.
On 15.04. Fridays for Future Germany invited our board member Gotelind Alber to talk about feminism and climate justice in a webinar. It addresses the question of why the climate crisis is not gender neutral and why gender must be integrated into climate policies in order to create a truly sustainable climate justice.
Check out the webinar here!
Ten days prior to COP23 GenderCC held a successful flashmob action in Berlin, Germany. The action highlighted that gender equality is crucial for climate justice. It also drew attention to the gender items on the agenda of COP23, foremost the first Gender Action Plan to the UNFCCC.
The theme and slogan of the action was "Lasst uns nicht im Regen stehen - Klimaschutz. Nur mit uns!" ("Don't leave us standing in the rain - Climate Action. Not without us!").
GenderCC participated at the "Festival of the Future - Environmental Policy 3.0", the 30 year anniversary of the German ministry for the environment.
The festival took place on September 10 and 11 2016, at the EUREF-Campus in Berlin-Schöneberg. The festival brought together the German environmental and climate scene to discuss what environmental policy for a better tomorrow should look like.
Many visitors came to our stand to learn more about how gender relates to climate change. GenderCC also hosted an event on gender-just urban climate policies.
The conference took place on March 1, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
The conference "Climate needs change: maximizing the potential of gender studies" presented the core messages from the GenderCC's project GenderNETCLIM and discussed them with experts from science and practice in the fields of climate change and gender equality as well as with the audience. We debated how climate mitigation and adaptation can become more (gender-)equal, where and how findings from Gender Studies research can be made useful for political strategies on climate change and what need for action for the integration of gender in climate mitigation and adaptation there is. We also discussed the development of (gender-)responsive climate policies and politics and the respective implementation.
Action for climate and gender justice can be breathtaking: One week ahead of COP21, six women in Berlin formed a GenderCC team to run the relay marathon at Tempelhofer Feld.
The goal was not to win, but to raise awareness of the upcoming climate conference, and the need to advocate for climate and gender justice being secured in the new Paris Agreement.
The run was tough: 42.195 kilometers, against the wind and even through a snow storm. But our women made it, collaboratively.
Their effort is pointing the way to a binding, just, and gender-responsive agreement to be reached in Paris: Together, we can get there!
Pictures of the run can be found here.
To watch a video about the run, click here.
"Gender and Climate Change" is set as item no. 17 on the agenda for COP21. What does this mean for climate and gender justice? And in how far is gender justice important for the new and historic climate agreement in Paris?
To inform journalists about these questions, GenderCC hosted a press briefing in Berlin ten days ahead of COP21. In the open and inclusive atmosphere of Café Wilhelm in Berlin-Mitte, GenderCC board member Gotelind Alber and project coordinator Kate Cahoon provided journalists with facts and figures about gender issues in climate polities under the UNFCCC, at national and local level.
Afterwards, members of civil society organisations got together for information sharing and networking. Together with the GenderCC team, activists, scientists and students discussed problems and potential solutions for gender justice with regard to climate change. After a briefing about gender at UNFCCC level provided by Kate Cahoon, the discussion focused on climate policies at national level, gender gaps in Germany and possibilities for change.
Find the press release here (in German).
To see more pictures of the event, click here.
GenderCC would like to thank all participant for the fruitful discussion. We are planning to set up reencounter in the beginning of next year to evaluate outcomes and shortcomings of COP21 and to plan ahead: What are possible actions on behalf of climate and gender justice in 2016?