GenderCC Newsletter

March 2020

Dear readers,

The year began with alarming images of floods in Indonesia and Brazil, a plague of locust swarms in the Horn of Africa and the Australian bushfires. Every year the costs of climate change are increasing. Still, women, indigenous peoples and poor populations are among the groups who are paying the costs of such increasing impacts. International agreements are still making too little progress to minimize these impacts on the most vulnerable groups, compensate them for their losses and find solutions to combat the international climate crisis in a just way. A press release by UN women showed that no country has yet achieved gender equality, which should be at the core of climate policy making at all levels.

Moreover, these pandemic times have been showing us how interlinked and fragile our societies are, and the immediate and unequal impacts of a global health crisis to the economy, the environment and the people. It is a good opportunity to reflect on our overwhelming living and working standards, and our real needs: a safe and healthy environment and home, good food, a sound, accessible and affordable health system, all of which is depending of the care work of many others. In this edition, we will share some insights on how to cope and act in these times, in solidarity with those who have less means or lack access to resources and services to cope well in time of crisis.

Now more than ever, it is urgent to support people and organizations which are actively working on real solutions that international organizations and multilateralism have been failing to address. This newsletter contains detailed information about the current projects and activities of our members.

In addition, we provide you with news on gender and climate as well as the latest publications on these topics. You will also find the current and future events in which we will participate!

We hope you enjoy this issue! With kind regards,

The GenderCC Secretariat Team

Content

News from GenderCC

    • The 'Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative' meets at the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi

    • International Women’s Day #8M2020

    • Final report launched: Interdependent gender aspects of climate policy

    • “Not Without Us! Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics”: watch the movies and read the booklet!

     

    Gender @ UNFCCC

    • Upcoming online submissions on gender and climate

    • UNFCCC survey on the gender action plan

       

      Activities of the Gender and Climate Change Community

      • Climate Change From Smallholder Farmer’s Perspective 

       

      News on Gender and Climate Change

        • Women Are Bearing the Brunt of Coronavirus Disruption, by Janet Paskin

        • Coronavirus and Climate Crisis – thousands of indigenous peoples in urgent need after extreme floods in the Ecuadorian Amazon

        • Women's domestic burden just got heavier with the Coronavirus, by Lucia Graves

        • FRIDA’s working style and principles: 9 key principles that may be useful for other feminists working remotely, and those in need of guidance and inspiration

         

        Who is Who at GenderCC

        • Say hi and bye to our student assitant Kathrin
        • Current selection process for hiring a “Mitarbeiter*in für die fachliche Betreuung internationaler Drittmittelprojekte im Bereich Klimapolitik und Geschlechtergerechtigkeit”

         

        Publications

         

        Calendar of Events

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        News from GenderCC

        The 'Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative' meets at WUF10

        GenderCC's 'Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative' successfully held its annual project meeting and conducted the training event "Working towards gender-responsive urban climate policy: sharing tools to build inclusive, resilient cities", sharing experiences of the project with other civil society organizations and stakeholders, on Tuesday, February 11, during the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.

        We also hosted the networking event "Working towards a gender-responsive urban climate policy: sharing experiences from GenderCC’s international urban pilot project and connecting with new partners" on Wednesday, February 12. Both events were implemented with our project partners Equidad de Género (Mexico), All India Women’s Conference (India), GenderCC Southern Africa (South Africa), Aksi! for gender, social & ecological justice and Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesia).

        You can read our full WUF10 report here.

            

        International Women’s Day #8M2020

        We are still over the moon to had been a part of the #8M2020 in Berlin and being able to see all this incredible protestors. Isadora Cardoso from the GenderCC Secretariat team pointed out in her speech for “Frauenkampftag* Berlin”, that we can only build transnational feminist solidarity with historical and development justice. Our student assistant Kathrin Meyer translated the speech into German.



        Final report launched: Interdependent gender aspects of climate policy

        The final report of the research 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" GenderCC was involved in, has now been published by the German Federal Environment Agency. In addition to the German summaries of the various work packages and the final conclusions, it also contains a 15-page summary of the results of the research project in English, providing policy recommendations on how to integrate gender.

        The final report can be downloaded here. More information about the project.

        “Not Without Us! Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics”: watch the movies and read the booklet!

        Our project partners Melissa Moreano (Ecuador), Ndivile Mokoena (South Africa), Tamani Rarama (Fiji), Shradha Shreejaya (India) and Dinda Nuur (Indonesia) have produced local stories in video and a booklet formats.  All of them talk about the local struggles of women, LGBTQI+, youth groups dealing with the urgent climate impacts in these different countries.

        Take a time to watch and read these fundamental materials and spread the word! The project is supported by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

        Gender @ UNFCCC

        Upcoming online submissions on gender and climate

        The UNFCCC Secretariat is with the following open calls for submissions on gender-related issues. We invite all interested stakeholders to take a look and contribute to this process, and provide a gender perspective for those topics where gender is not mentioned.

        Due March 31, issue: Gender and climate change
        Lessons learned among Parties that have integrated gender into national climate policies, plans, strategies and action and on the actions that Parties are taking to mainstream gender in any updates thereto


        Due March 31, issue: Dialogue on the ocean and climate change
        Inputs to inform the dialogue on the ocean and climate change to consider how to strengthen mitigation and adaptation action in this context

        Due March 31, issue: Dialogue on the relationship between land and climate change adaptation related matters
        Inputs to inform the dialogue on the relationship between land and climate change adaptation related matters, not intervening in other processes under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, including those carried out under the SBSTA.

        Due March 31, issue: Methodologies for reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of adaptation and support
        Methodologies for reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of adaptation and support - submissions to the Adaptation Committee and the Least Developed Countries Expert Group

        Due April 19,issue: Koronivia road map under the Koroniviajoint work on agriculture

        Submissions from Parties and observers on: Topic 2(e) - Improved livestock management systems, including agropastoral production systems and others, and Topic 2(f) - Socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change in the agricultural sector

        Due August 14,issue: Earth Information Day 2020

        Views from Parties and relevant organizations on possible themes for the Earth Information Day in 2020 to be held in conjunction with SBSTA 53 (November 2020), and those in subsequent year

        Due September 27,issue: Koronivia road map under the Koronivia joint work on agriculture 

        Submissions from Parties and observers on future topics not listed in decision 4/CP.23 and views on the progress of the Koronivia joint work on agriculture in order to report to the Conference of the Parties as per decision 4/CP.23, paragraph 4

        UNFCCC survey on the gender action plan

        The UNFCCC Gender Team is circulating an online survey to key stakeholders implementing the enhanced Lima Work Programme (LWPG) on Gender and its Action Gender Plan (GAP). This 10-min survey will allow you to share with the UNFCCC your organization or country's strategic initiatives, events, workshops or other activities that relate to the gender and climate change nexus, and which may contribute to the implementation of the LWPG and GAP or other gender-related mandates under the UNFCCC. You may also use this as opportunity to indicate interest in closer collaboration with the UN Climate Change secretariat.

        If you are involved in the UNFCCC process, please contribute to the survey here.

        Activities of the Gender and Climate Change Community

        Climate Change From Smallholder Farmer’s Perspective

        Stories from the field have emerged from the Gender and Climate Resilient Communities Initiative (GCRCI), a project that promotes community resilience and reduces climate vulnerability. Women are often most affected by climate change in their livelihoods.The stories chronicled are diverse in nature with a common thread running through them - that of challenges in the wake of changing weather patterns tenacity and a desire to learn new practises.

        The team from GenderCC Southern Africa -Women for Climate Justice initiated the GCRCI project. It aims to capacitate small holder farmers in climate change adaptation and reduce poverty through increased climate resilience and reduced climate vulnerability of grassroots communities to the climate. The project is funded by the Flanders Government.



            

        News on Gender and Climate Change

        Women Are Bearing the Brunt of Coronavirus Disruption, by Janet Paskin

        “As the virus spreads globally, women are bearing the brunt of the social and economic disruption. The vast majority of nurses, flight attendants, teachers and service industry workers are female, and their jobs put them on the front lines of the outbreak. At home, women still do more caretaking, so when the virus closes schools, restricts travel, and puts aged relatives at risk, they have more to do. The challenge of the emergency really puts additional strain on existing inequalities,” says Laura Addati, a policy specialist in women and economic empowerment for the International Labour Organization“.

        Keep reading here.

        Coronavirus and Climate Crisis – thousands of indigenous peoples in urgent need after extreme floods in the Ecuadorian Amazon

        Amazon Watch is mobilizing donations for indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon fighting to prevent the coronavirus in their territories. Extreme floods in the Bobonaza river in Ecuador have caused hundreds of families to lose their homes and also damaged their crops. Houses have been washed away by the river. The Coronavirus pandemic exacerbates the situation, because government agencies are overrun dealing with the virus outbreak and have little resources to provide help. These communities have no access to basic services, which leaves indigenous families in an extremely vulnerable situation. All donations will go directly to the affected communities through Amazon Watch.

        Read more and donate here.

        Women's domestic burden just got heavier with the Coronavirus, by Lucia Graves

        “Women are typically the chief healthcare officer, the chief entertainment officer, the chief education officer in their homes,” said Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network, a group that supports women in the workplace. “In a time of crisis, a time where we don’t have a clear playbook but we do have a lot of panic and anxiety – the weight of these roles is quite overwhelming.”

        Read the full article here.

        FRIDA’s working style and principles: 9 key principles that may be useful for other feminists working remotely, and those in need of guidance and inspiration

        FRIDA’s working style and principles: 9 key principles that may be useful for other feminists working remotely, and those in need of guidance and inspiration.

        These tips and principles already practiced by the international network FRIDA are of great value for feminists who are able to swift to home office in the next weeks due to the current pandemic situation.

        Read the principles here.

        Who is Who at GenderCC

        Say hi and bye to our Student Assitant Kathrin

        Our student assistant Kathrin is currently finishing her Master’s degree of Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at Freie Universität in Berlin. Previously, she studied Political Science, Sociology and Environmental Science in Spain, Cuba and Colombia. Her interest focuses on intersectional, gender-specific climate policy and the link between energy and gender issues. She is excited to work with us for the next few months and support the secretariat. She will be with us until the end of April.



        Current selection process for hiring a “Mitarbeiter*in für die fachliche Betreuung internationaler Drittmittelprojekte im Bereich Klimapolitik und Geschlechtergerechtigkeit”

        Due to recent events and developments concerning the spread of COVID-19 in Germany, GenderCC decided to pause the current recruitment process until at least mid-April. We will follow the developments closely and inform candidates appropriately. In the meantime, keep an eye on our webpage. We thank you for your understanding.



        Publications

        States’ Human Rights Obligations in the Context of Climate Change: 2020 Update, CIEL

        “As governments and intergovernmental organizations have recognized, climate change has adverse impacts on a wide range of human rights. Consequently, States must uphold their existing human rights obligations defined under legally binding treaties in the context of climate change and climate policies. These obligations require that climate policies effectively protect the rights of those most affected by the climate crisis and that States take preventive steps to avoid the most dangerous levels of temperature increase. They also require that the design of these policies builds on the principles of non-discrimination and meaningful public participation”.

        Read more here.

        Spotlight on SDG11: Harsh realities: Marginalized women in cities of the developing world, UN Women

        As part of the series "Spotlight on the SDGs", UN Women have released a publication dealing with the marginalisation of women in the cities who suffer from unequal access and discrimination.

        Read more here.

        Gender and Energy: Opportunities for All, IDS

        The link between gender and energy issues has been overlooked in the recent years, often leading to gender blindness that ignored the different energy needs of men and women. The IDS publication aims to combine both issues to illustrate the urgency of connecting them for more sustainability.

        Read more here.

        #FeministsWantSystemChange: BEIJING+25 civil society forum compilation report, Women’s Major Group

        The Women Engage for a Common Future published on behalf of Women’s Major Group’s for the UNECE region the "BEIJING+25 civil society forum compilation report on Declaration and Platform for Action for the UNECE Region". It has been produced for the UNECE Regional Review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, in light of its 25th anniversary. The report includes regional and thematic perspective on women’s rights, gender and climate justice.

        Read more here.

        Climate Justice from Below: Local Struggles for Just Transition(s), UNRISD and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

        “This report discusses a selection of urban and local-level transitions to a lower carbon economy. By exploring these examples from both developed and developing countries, it aims to kick-start a conversation on the potential of local just transition policies and frameworks to influence higher level policy change. It calls for safeguarding just transition’s original objective of reorganizing the political economy to protect both the environment and workers as a way to mobilize broad-based support for a transformative shift towards sustainability and climate justice“.

        Read more here.

        Energía en América Latina: Del negocio a lo común, Fundación Rosa Luxemburgo (Spanish)

        “The publication highlights the importance of thinking about the energy transition outside of fossil fuels from the perspective of organized actors, communities and collectives at the local level, in a context where transnational corporations and capital are trying to appropriate the discourse of the transition and make it another business opportunity. On the contrary, from the Fundación Rosa Luxemburgo (FRL) we work from and for a perspective that conceives energy as a need and a right, which must be de-commercialized and addressed outside the logics of financial speculation as a fundamental element for the processes of reproduction and sustenance of life. In this sense, the local is a privileged environment to dispute power relations, where also the formulation of common policies can go beyond the limits of market mediation and, even those present in the state institutions.”

        Read more here (in Spanish).

        Calendar of Events

        Please note that most of the events planned for the next three months are cancelled due to the pandemic’s situation. We hope our next edition (around June) will bring updates on the relevant events our community is attending or organising. In the meantime, keep safe and sound!

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