Steering Committee

GenderCC is led by a Steering Committee, a circle of women endorsed by the members of GenderCC and given the mandate to discuss and develop strategic plans for the network, to oversee implementation, to monitor and evaluate activities, to recruit members, to represent GenderCC and to oversee the work of the international Secretariat.

Eunice Stella Warue (Kenya)

Eunice Stella Warue works as Programme Officer in the urban water and sanitation department at the Water Sector Trust Fund. In this context she is involved in the preparations of a Response Plan for Kenya by catalysing low cost green technologies for sustainable water service delivery through CTCN technical assistance. She also serves as the secretary to the gender committee and is involved in the implementation of the Fund’s gender policy and Gender Action Plan.

Previously, Eunice participated as a member for the Kenyan delegation for the issues of gender and climate change at the COP14 and COP15 and as a civil society representative at many more UNFCCC negotiations. She has also carried out multiple capacity-building activities on gender and climate change under the Kenya Climate Justice Women Championship (KCJWC).

Ewa Larsson (Sweden)

Ewa Larsson is a mother, grandmother and a graduate in philosophy with a focus on social welfare and feminist economy. She has also worked as a Waldorf teacher for many years. Ewa is the founder and chairwoman of GenderCC’s member organisation Grönna Kvinnor, a cross-party and non-profit association of green women in Sweden.
From 1994 to 2002 Ewa was a member of the Riksdag, the Swedish National Parliament, for the Miljöpartiet de Gröna and contributed to several successful decisions, among others a law criminalizing the purchase of sex and a reduction of value added tax (VAT) for books.
As a local politician in Stockholm she is addressing global challenges on the local level – always with gender glasses on! Her work resulted in resolutions to decommission coal combustion in the city and to serve organic food in public (pre-) schools. Thanks to green and feminist cooperation, Stockholm is today a fair-trade municipality.

Minu Hemmati

Minu Hemmati is a clinical psychologist with a doctorate in Organisational and Environmental Psychology, consulting since 1998 with governments, international organisations, women's networks, NGOs, corporations, and research institutions. Minu also does non-for-profit work with the MSP Institute - Multi-Stakeholder Processes for Sustainable Development e.V., an international charitable association she co-founded in 2016. Her work includes designing and facilitating change processes that bring together diverse groups of people in dialogue and collaboration, training, research and advocacy. Minu has wide experience with multi-stakeholder processes at all levels, facilitating small and large groups, international policy making, local and national implementation. She has published two books, co-authored another, and written over 50 articles, book chapters, and reports. Minu is one of the co-founder of GenderCC, a Senior Fellow with EcoAgriculture Partners, and on the jury of the International Resource Award. She was instrumental in setting up the SEED Initiative, co-coordinated the Stakeholder Implementation Conference, and recently led the Climate Dialogue project. To find out more, visit her website.

Nicky Broeckhoven (Belgium)

Nicky Broeckhoven has been an individual member of GenderCC since 2013. She got to know the organisation when she was doing research for her PhD and she attended a number of UNFCCC negotiations (e.g. UNFCCC COP 19 and COP 21) as an observer with GenderCC and LIFE e.V. In June 2017, Nicky obtained her PhD in Law at Ghent University, Belgium with the thesis “Gender and the Rio Conventions: an international legal perspective”. Currently, she is working at Tilburg University, the Netherlands as a researcher on a project titled “Civic space under pressure”. However, she continues to do research on the interconnections between gender and the environment. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked as a researcher at Ghent University on a project related to environmental law enforcement. She has a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Antwerp and an LL.M in Environmental law from Ghent University.

Olfa Jelassi (Tunisia)

Olfa Jelassi is a hydro-meteorological engineer, but has been working in international cooperation and development. Olfa is a trainer and lecturer on gender, women's rights and climate change. She has been following the UNFCCC negotiations and (inter)national climate policies for several years. Since 2011, she has been working with civil society organisations on local, national and international levels on the importance of youth and women's empowerment with regards to environment, ecology and climate change. Olfa has also been working as an environmental consultant. In 2016 she was selected as young environmental leader by the Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative. At present, Olfa is working at the German embassy in Tunis.

Sharmind Neelormi (Bangladesh)

Sharmind Neelormi is an associate professor at the Department of Economics at Jahangirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is engaged in research and advocacy on sustainable development and the social justice implications of climate change. Among her fields of expertise are climate adaptation, with a particular focus on community-based activities, disaster risk reduction and the gender aspects of adaptation and mitigation. In recent years, Sharmind has taken active part in multi-disciplinary research on issues related to environmental economics and vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and has conducted project impacts assessment and project reviews (especially focusing on resilience) for various UN and international agencies. She has contributed to the IPCC Assessment Reports and regularly takes part in the UNFCCC process. Sharmind has been involved with GenderCC since its very beginning and has been a member of the Steering Committee for several years.

Usha Nair (India)

Usha Nair is Vice President and part of the leadership team of All India Women's Conference AIWC, a reputed women's organisation established in 1927, with 600+ branches and 120.000+ members across India. Prior to this, she was Member-in-charge (Climate Change & Environment). She organised multiple programmes and workshops, and attended several UNFCCC meetings. Usha served as elected Co-focal Point of Women and Gender Constituency to the UNFCCC from 2014 to 2016, and joined GenderCC's Steering Committee in 2016.

Yvette Abrahams (South Africa)

Yvette Abrahams has been involved with Gender CC since 2010, joined the Steering Committee the same year and assisted in building up GenderCC Southern Africa. Yvette works as a Specialist Advisor for Project 90 until 2020, an organisation working towards a transition to an equitable, low-carbon society in South Africa. As a professor at the University of Cape Town and the University of Western Cape she has consulted both government and various NGOs on issues relating to gender equality in climate-related policy and practice. Her current research interests are in the field of indigenous economic plants (especially as they speak to economic development and climate resilience), and climate change economics. For 5 years Yvette served as Commissioner for Gender Equality, based in Cape Town. During this time she was the Commission’s head of programmes related to poverty, energy and climate change.