Gender and Climate Change Activities @ COP25 - Madrid 2019

Read the Women and Gender Constituency Feminist Demands for COP25


At COP25, the WGC demands Parties to:

  • Deliver on a 5-year Lima Work Programme on Gender with a robust Gender Action Plan;
  • Deliver on ambition, including finance;
  • Effectively address loss and damage and climate-induced migrations;
  • Place communities over markets;
  • Preserve the ocean;
  • Ensure gender-responsive action under the Koroniva Joint Work on Agriculture;
  • Effectively launch implementation of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP);

In the context of climate action overall, the WGC demands all actors to:

  • Ensure human rights-based and gender-just climate action;
  • Create a just and equitable transition for all;Ensure climate ‘solutions’ are gender-just;
  • Promote health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights;
  • Break free from fossil fuels and unsafe energy systems;
  • Move the money from war and dirty energy to social and environmental solutions;
  • Listen to people, not profit;
  • Promote energy democracy;
  • Protect ecological food systems;
  • Be led by ecosystem-based approaches;
  • Declare Geo-engineering and BECCS as ‘No–Go’;
  • Make fisheries and aquaculture sustainable;
  • Know that water is life.

Read the full key demands here.

Check out our programme for COP25 in Madrid and Santiago!


GenderCC will attend COP 25 in Madrid for the two weeks. With a delegation of 27 gender and climate advocates and members, we have planned several events and activities! We will also be present at the alternative civil-society led summits both in Madrid and Santiago, where we will present our projects and show solidarity with other civil society and activists fighting inequalities and the climate chaos!


During the official conference, GenderCC will co-host the side event "Gender responsive urban climate policies and NDCs" with Equidad de Género Ciudadanía Trabajo y Familia and Fundación Despacio on Wednesday, December 11th, from 13:15-14:45 at Room 3. Together with partners from the "Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiative", we will present lessons learned from assessing the gender responsiveness of climate change policies and discuss recommendations, both for the local/urban and national levels (NDCs). We will focus on Mexico and present cases of our partner organisations from India, Indonesia and South Africa. We will also present some of the project materials and lessons learned during the Cumbre Social in Madrid. More information on exact dates and location will follow soon.


On December 4th, our partners from the project “Not without us! Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics will host the side event “Making Article 6 work for gender equality and indigenous peoples’ rights: learning from local experiences” from 11:30 to 13:00 at Room 1.


On December 5th, our project coordinator Isadora Cardoso will speak on the side event “Translating Policy into Action: the role of young women of the Global South for Climate Justice”, from 11:30 to 13:00 in Room 5. The event is organised by EmpoderaClima / Care About Climate. Also on the 5th, GenderCC will host an event at the Brazil Climate Hub to discuss the Regional Agreement on Access to Information Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean from an intersectional and human rights perspective. The event will take place from 9:30 to 11:00.


On December 9th, the 5th annual edition of the Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards will take place. There will be two events this day: the Awards Ceremony will take place in the PCCB Capacity Building Hub, on Monday Dec 9, 14:45-16:15 and the side event on gender just climate solutions, with testimonies from award winners will take place on Monday, Dec 9, 18:30-20:00 PM in Room 2. Hosted by the Women and Gender Constituency, the awards aim to showcase real solutions for a more just, equal and healthy planet. Three winners will receive € 2000 Euros, travel support to attend COP25, and one year of mentorship opportunities - while runners-up will be showcased in a publication, online platform and awards ceremony. Last but not least on that day, we will hold the "Gender + Climate Quiz" at the Action Hub of the Conference from 16:00 to 16:45.


On the 9th and 10th of December, GenderCC will showcase materials from our international projects in the exhibit space of COP25, as well as the Gender Just Climate Solutions publication and materials from our fellows from the Women and Gender Constituency.


To see the full list of side events, visit the official webpage of the climate conference.



Outside of the negotiations zone, we will be joining social movements from around the world in the Rally for the Climate Emergency on December 6th. It will take place from 18:00 at Atocha/Nuevos Ministerios in central Madrid. More information can be found on the webpage of the Cumbre Social por el Clima.


At the Peoples Summit in Santiago, Chile, Melissa Moreano, from the team of the “Not without Us!” project, will present the local stories produced by each team member on December 3rd, from 11:00 to 13:00 at Sala Jorginho Guajajara. The project team also plans to launch the same local stories at the Cumbre Social por el Clima in Madrid on the 11th of November, from 16:00 to 17:45, and some materials and discussions about the GUCCI project on the same day from 17:30 to 18:45.