GenderCC Newsletter

February 2018

Dear readers,


We are happy to present you the first GenderCC newsletter of 2018!


This edition reports on our activities at COP23 and features the newly adopted Gender Action Plan to the UNFCCC. We introduce to you the newly elected members of GenderCC’s Board of Directors and Steering Committee and a new research project on interdependent gender aspects of the "fields of need" mobility, consumption, nutrition and housing. Furthermore, we present the winners of the 3rd Gender-Just Climate Solutions award, a report on women, gender and climate justice that was just recently adopted by the European Parliament, and the experiences of a GenderCC member who attended UNEA-3. As usual we share with you recommended readings and scientific articles and upcoming events.


We hope you enjoy this issue!


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Kind regards,

the GenderCC Secretariat team


News from GenderCC

    • New members of GenderCC’s Board of Directors and Steering Committee elected
    • GenderCC at COP23
    • Activities of the GUCCI project at COP23
    • The Not Without us!-project continues to build capacity
    • Interdependent gender aspects of the "fields of need" mobility, consumption, nutrition and living as the foundation of urban environmental protection

    Gender @ UNFCCC

    • Gender... and Action! The first Gender Action Plan under the UNFCCC


    Activities of the Gender and Climate Change Community

    • Meet the winners of the 3rd Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards 

    News on Gender and Climate Change

      • European Parliament adopts report on women, gender equality and climate justice
      • Interview with Jacqui Patterson (NAACP) on just transition and her work for environmental justice
      • Empowering women could reduce climate change
      • Report on UNEA-3 "Towards a Pollution-Free Planet"


      Who is Who at GenderCC

      • At the GenderCC International Secretariat
      • Interview with GenderCC's new member Dr. Joleen Timko


      Calendar of Events



      News from GenderCC

      New members of GenderCC’s Board of Directors and Steering Committee elected

      At GenderCC's Annual General Meeting 2017, the attending members elected Sylvia Namukasa from Uganda and Kate Cahoon from Australia/Germany as new members of GenderCC's Board of Directors. After several years in office, Ulrike Röhr resigned from the Board. We would like to sincerely thank Ulrike for her committment and contributions. Additionally, Ewa Larsson from Sweden was confirmed as a new member of the Steering Committee. We welcome all newly elected members of GenderCC's Board of Directors and Steering Committee!


      Learn more about GenderCC's governance structure here.

      GenderCC at COP23

      The 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) took place from November 6 to 17 in Bonn, Germany and was presided over by the Government of Fiji. GenderCC was represented at COP23 with a large delegation composed of the staff of GenderCC's International Secretariat, official GenderCC members and friends. Together we followed the negotiations closely, hosted side events and workshops, and advocated for a strong and gender-just outcome of COP23. As usual, we also contributed to the activities of the Women and Gender Constituency.


      Two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement and one year after it has entered into force, the main goal of COP23 was to move forward in defining the guidelines for its implementation. Among the slow progresses, the missed opportunities and the half-hearted commitments we have witnessed in Bonn, there are however two noteworthy stories of success: the first ever Gender Action Plan (GAP) to the UNFCCC was adopted and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform operationalized. You can read more about the GAP below.


      Together with our member organization LIFE, GenderCC published a joint statement on the outcomes of COP23 that is available here.


      Find out more about GenderCC’s activities at COP23 on our website or take a look at some photo impressions of our work on Flickr.

      Activities of the GUCCI project at COP23

      The project partners of the Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative (GUCCI) participated in COP23 with a training workshop and a press conference in order to disseminate preliminary results and tools from the project. The training workshop took place at the German Environmental Ministry and gave an introduction to the Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation-methodology (GAMMA) and shared experiences with its application. Learn more


      Ndivile Mokoena from GenderCC's project partner and member organisation GenderCC Southern Africa was interviewed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) during COP23. In the interview, she talks about her work as coordinator of the GUCCI project in South Africa. The interview is available here.

      The Not Without us!-project continues to build capacity

      On the occasion of COP23, the project team met in Bonn to contribute to the various civil society activities. Throughout the year each participant had been working on one focal topic: agriculture, forestry, REDD+, market mechanisms and the human rights approach within the APA. During COP23 the project team organised two events, a workshop at the People's Climate Summit on building strategies for women and grassroots climate movements, and a side-event in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Bread for the World on false solutions and local impacts of UNFCCC policies and mechanisms. The project continues in 2018 and will focus on the development of advocacy strategies for each focal topic. Learn more

      Interdependent gender aspects of the "fields of need" mobility, consumption, nutrition and housing as the foundation of urban environmental protection

      GenderCC has launched a new research project in cooperation with ISIconsult and the artec Research Center Sustainability at the University of Bremen on behalf of the German Environmental Agency / Federal Ministry for the Environment. Against the background of the steady trend towards urbanisation and current developments in gender relations in society, the focus of the project is on their interdependences with and impacts on urban environmental protection. Role-specific behaviours and responsibilities, such as the unequal distribution of care work between the genders, differences in the distribution of incomes, or gender-specific consumption and nutrition practices are decisive here. The purpose of the project is to determine the state of knowledge on gender aspects in the "fields of need" mobility, consumption (such as clothing), nutrition and housing for urban environmental protection. Building on this, programs and measures (such as Habitat III, New Urban Agenda, SDGs) related to urban development will undergo a gender analysis, in order to derive recommendations e.g. for future research, planning processes, the design of federal programs, and other effective measures for the promotion of sustainable urban lifestyles and infrastructures. Learn more

      Gender @ UNFCCC

      Gender... and Action! The first Gender Action Plan under the UNFCCC

      At COP23, a decision was reached that marks a milestone in our longstanding efforts to integrate gender into international climate policy: the first Gender Action Plan under the UNFCCC. At COP22 in Marrakech, Parties decided to continue and enhance the Lima Work Programme on Gender and requested the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) to develop this Gender Action Plan in order to support the implementation of the gender-related decisions and mandates so far adopted in the UNFCCC process.


      The Gender Action Plan as it was adopted at COP23 (read the decision text here) defines five priority areas for action and contains a set of 16 specific activities for the upcoming two years. Among those are in-session workshops for delegates on how to develop gender-responsive climate policies, plans and programmes, the promotion of travel funds to support the participation of women (in particular grassroots, local and indigenous women) from developing countries, and a dialogue hosted by the Standing Committee on Finance on gender-responsive access to finance in the implementation of climate action. Together those activities are meant to advance the implementation of the various gender-related decisions and mandates that already exist but have so far only insufficiently been implemented under the UNFCCC. The GAP acknowledges that little progress has been made so far towards women's equal participation in the UNFCCC process and towards developing and implementing gender-just climate policies and actions and it marks a significant step forward in the efforts to advance gender equality in the international climate process. The test however will be its implementation. In order for it to live up to its promises, Parties now have to come forward with generous voluntary contributions to supply the necessary funds for each activity.


      Read more about the Gender Action Plan in GenderCC and LIFE's joint statement on the outcomes of COP23 here.

      ECO published an article on the Gender Action Plan and the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform on the last day of COP23 celebrating both as success stories of this year's climate talks. The article is available here.

      Activities of the Gender and Climate Change Community

      Meet the winners of the 3rd Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards

      At COP23, the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) awarded the Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards for the third time. The award seeks to showcase projects to mitigate the climate crisis and adapt to its impacts that are truly transformative in that they turn the system upside down, ensure a just transition, transform oppressive and unjust gender norms and roles and empower women. The jury consisted of WGC members including Patricia Bohland from GenderCC's International Secretariat.

      The 2018 award for technical climate solutions went to Better World Cameroon for a project that offered simple, low cost, sustainable alternative to heavy use of solid fuel by building clean cookstoves with mud-building techniques and local materials. The award for non-technical climate solutions went to the joint project "Seeds for Hope" by the organizations Navdanya (India) and SOL (France). The award for transformational climate solutions was received by the Gender Development Association (Laos) for a project assessing gender roles in the northern rural uplands of Lao PDR, focusing on non-timber forest production.


      All winners and further projects are showcased in a publication that is available for download here.

      The winning projects also of previous years are showcased here.

      News on Gender and Climate Change

      European Parliament adopts report on women, gender equality and climate justice

      The European Parliament has adopted a report prepared by MEP Linnéa Engstöm from Sweden on women, gender equality and climate justice. It outlines how climate change affects women disproportionately and gives several examples for the structural vulnerabilities of women to the impacts of climate change. The report furthermore highlights the importance of women for a transition to clean, safe and renewable energy.

      GenderCC welcomes the decision by the European Parliament and congratulates all Members of the European Parliament that supported and voted in favour of the report. We also extend our gratitude to all civil society advocates who lobbied for its successful adoption, foremost to GenderCC's Steering Committee member Ewa Larsson from Sweden. We are convinced that the report will serve as a powerful tool to advocate for gender-just climate and energy policies in the EU member states and will continue to hold all countries and actors accountable and to push for the integration of gender consideration into all climate-related policies, programs and projects. The report can be accessed here.

      Interview with Jacqui Patterson (NAACP) on just transition and her work for environmental justice

      The Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) has conducted an interview with Jacqui Patterson, environmental and climate justice program director at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and member of GenderCC. In the conversation she is talking about her involvement and experiences as a women of colour in the environmental movement, her fight for environmental justice and how a climate just future can only be achieved through moving away from a society functioning on extraction to one rooted in deep democracy and respect for (indigenous, women's, and all marginalized communities) rights. The article is part of a series of interviews on #OurSolutions featuring feminist solutions to the climate crisis. It is available online here.

      Empowering women could reduce climate change

      Vice Impact published an article discussing the role the recently adopted UNFCCC Gender Action Plan can play to empower women and achieve gender equality. It furthermore addresses the observation that women's participation as members of national delegations at the international climate negotiations has declined in recent years despite various decisions and promises to advance gender balance. It is argued that empowering local women and increasing their leadership is critical for fighting climate change. Among others, the article features Lisa Göldner from GenderCC's International Secretariat. The article is available here.

      Report on UNEA-3 "Towards a Pollution-Free Planet"

      GenderCC has enjoyed consultative status with ECOSOC since 2017, which provides access to ECOSOC, its subsidiary bodies and several UN events such as UNEA or CSW. Minu Hemmati, member of GenderCC's Steering Committee, participated at UNEA-3 in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2017. Among the topics and resolutions under discussion, plastics and marine litter received major attention. Progress was also achieved with regards to gender and the environment, including more and high-quality expertise being brought into the institutions and discussions, and publications like the Global Gender and Environment Outlook. Several events at UNEA-3 highlighted women's issues with regards to plastics, chemicals and other environmental challenges and drew attention to global women's and human rights campaigns. Minu Hemmati has shared her experiences and impressions from UNEA-3 in a report that is available here.

      Who is Who at GenderCC

      At the GenderCC Secretariat

      Nayab Zafar, intern

      Nayab is doing her master's degree in Environmental Resource Management with a focus on climate change and migration. She had been doing volunteer work for women rights by being a part of Pakistan Youth Council - PYC and Pink Ribbon Pakistan. Her recent studies and her background in a developing country where women are more deprived of their rights than usual, has motivated her to work for women facing climate-related challenges. She has started an internship with GenderCC to elaborate her knowledge for gender and climate justice and to practically contribute her part in this field. She will join the GenderCC International Secretariat team until March 2018.

      Interview with GenderCC's new member Dr. Joleen Timko

      The GenderCC network is continuously growing and also in this newsletter we would like to take the opportunity to introduce a new member of our network.


      Dr. Joleen Timko, research associate and coordinator at the University of British Columbia (UBC)


      In what way do you address the nexus of gender equality and climate change in your research?
      I convene ForLives, a research excellence cluster (at UBC) focused on forests and livelihoods in the context of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Just as forests and forests resources have a role to play in each of the SDGs, so does gender.

      My own research has focused on the intersection of rural livelihoods, human health, and forest interactions in Sub Saharan Africa. So, for example, how does HIV/AIDS impact household dependence on forests resources (e.g, firewood, wild fruit, bushmeat, medicinal plants, etc) in rural Malawi? Gender roles around the collection and use of forest resources is an important component of understanding the impact of HIV/AIDS burden within rural households. What stood out for me in this work was that all potential solutions to alleviating the disease burden on a household had strong links to gender.


      What motivated you to join GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice?
      I want to play a more active role in both climate justice and in initiatives focused on women and girls. And this is how I came across GenderCC!



      Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW) (2017): Sex, rights, gender in the age of climate change

      While reproductive health services have been recognised as critical to intervention strategies in climate change, there is still too little attention to the importance of sexual and reproductive rights. The recognition of sexual and reproductive rights in interventions on climate change is crucial to stop the perpetuation of existing gender norms and gender-based violence, among other things. The publication elucidates the links, preliminary evidence and strategies for advocacy. More 

      International Labour Organization (2017): Gender, labour and a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all

      This publication highlights how a just transition with inclusive climate action can play a strong role in transforming gender norms and furthering gender equality, while ensuring women have the opportunity to participate as actors in combating climate change, building a green economy and generating green jobs. In this regards, a global transition towards a low-carbon and sustainable economy presents several opportunities for achieving gender equality in the world of work that is critical for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. More 


      Janet Swim et al. (2018): Gendered discourse about climate change policies

      Extending theory and research on gender roles and masculinity, this work finds that common ways of talking about climate change are gendered. Climate change policy arguments that focus on science and business are attributed to men more than to women. By contrast, policy arguments that focus on ethics and environmental justice are attributed to women more than men. Men show gender matching tendencies, being more likely to select and positively evaluate arguments related to science and business than ethics and environmental justice. Men also tend to attribute negative feminine traits to other men who use ethics and environmental justice arguments, which mediate the relation between type of argument and men’s evaluation of the argument. The gendered nature of public discourse about climate change and the need to represent ethical and environmental justice topics in this discourse are discussed. More 


      Minu Hemmati and Anna Bach (2017): Gender and Chemicals: Questions, Issues and Possible Entry Points

      Although chemicals management has long been a topic of international policy and regulation, and chemicals nowadays undergo extensive assessment procedures, the need to account for sex and gender differences in exposure, susceptibility, and health impacts, and the need for gender analysis has only slowly gained the necessary attention in international processes. The paper provides entry points for consideration; asks useful questions; and provides background for future discussion and engagement with stakeholders. More

      Calendar of Events

      19 February 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa: 4th Women In Energy Conference

      The Women in Energy Conference has been designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African (renewable) energy space. This one day forum will provide a platform for women to network, share their knowledge, discuss achievements and encourage the advancement of women across all sectors of the energy industry. More 


      13 March 2018; London, UK: WENForum - Why Women Will Save the Planet

      The upcoming Forum of the Women's Environmental Network (WEN) will be celebrating the launch of the 2nd edition of the book Why Women Will Save the Planet published by Friends of the Earth and C40 Cities. The book also includes a chapter by GenderCC's Gotelind Alber. At the event, the film Feed the Green - Feminist Voices for the Earth will be screened followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session. More 

      12-23 March 2018, New York, USA: 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

      The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting's priority theme is the empowerment of rural women and girls. More 


      30 April – 10 May 2018, Bonn, Germany: Bonn Climate Change Conference SB48

      The forty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will take place from 30 April to 10 May in Bonn, Germany.

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