GenderCC members have accompanied the development of the international climate change regime from the very beginning and remain actively engaged in advocacy and lobbying within the UNFCCC process.
In doing so, we try to keep in mind that this framework is closely connected to global power structures. It favours the interests of the wealthiest and more powerful industrialised countries, although they are the ones who contribute most to global warming, while those who suffer most from climate change lead mainly low-carbon life-styles and are represented with the smallest delegations. Nonetheless, some of our activities are based on the assumption that the UNFCCC framework can produce outcomes that can guide the world towards meaningful action on climate change.
Faced with the exclusion of women and gender expertise in the UNFCCC process, we demanded to be heard within this process. Requesting constituency status was a logical consequence of our struggle to ensure that women’s voices are present. The proceedings were initiated by GenderCC in early 2009.
Since the Women and Gender Constituency was admitted as an official stakeholder constituency by the UNFCCC in 2011, GenderCC has continued to work together with a range of other organizations and groups to promote gender justice within this framework.
Over the years, GenderCC members have also been involved in other international processes and bodies including the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Rio+20, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and UN HABITAT.
GenderCC is also accredited with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).