GenderCC in solidarity with the Global Women’s Strike

GenderCC stands in solidarity with the Global Women's Strike taking place on March 8th, 2017 on International Women's Day.

Together with our partners from the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice we are calling for climate justice, for women’s human and reproductive rights, for women's equal participation in policy-making and gender equality in all spheres of society. We are calling for an end to patriarchal structures of power, to the capitalist economic system that is based on the exploitation of natural resources and women's reproductive labour, and to the various forms of violence against women.

We are calling for System Change, not Climate Change!

The challenges of climate change and gender injustice resemble each other in that they require the existing (and deeply flawed) systems of power, politics and economics to be addressed and overcome.  We believe that linking women’s rights, gender justice and climate justice is key to achieving the fundamental changes urgently needed to halt global warming and to ensure women's full and equal participation in all spheres of society.

We demand Emissions Down, Women's Rights Up!

Unless global greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced, there is no way how women’s rights and the right to development can be fulfilled. The same applies the other way round: there is no climate justice without gender justice.

Read the solidarity statement of the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice (WGCCJ) on the Global Women's Strike.

International Day for Women and Girls in Science 2017

To celebrate this year’s annual International Day for Women and Girls in Science we ran a week long social media campaign, which started on the 11th February, to highlight women working in the field of climate science. We started this campaign with the aim of highlighting the under representation of women working in climate science and to encourage more women and girls to get involved in climate science. We got in touch with female climate scientists from all over the world and we asked them to respond to issues surrounding women and climate science. Some of the questions were closely linked with gender and others more related to the scientists personal achievements. The scientists’ views on gender and climate science often converged, many stating that it is critical for more women and girls to be involved in climate science.

In 2015, it was reported that only 17% of the leading authors of the ten most cited papers were women. In the same report it was found that the scientific papers which garnered the most media attention all had a male lead author (Carbon Brief 2015; Nash 2015). In most scientific fields women are under represented and many leadership positions are held by men. Additionally, women of colour and women from the global South are further discriminated against and face further challenges working in the field of science. Many people still think that boys and men are better in understanding maths and science. These stereotypes are fed to children at a young age and interfere in decision making. For example, in a study it was found that when young women were asked for their sex in the beginning of a math test they perform worse than their male counterparts and also another group of women who did not have to state their sex (Steele and Quinn 1998). Feeding people these gendered stereotypes can dissuade young women and girls from choosing a STEM profession, such as working in the climate sciences.

Women should be better represented in the climate sciences as they have so much to offer to the solutions. As we have seen from our responses from the female climate scientists interviewed, the failure to fully represent women is problematic as women can offer different approaches and solutions to tackle climate change. Through obscuring women’s capabilities, many viable and essential approaches are overlooked, such as taking more collaborative approaches. From the responses of these women, we can see that many feel that women have a different way of communicating science and asking questions. More needs to be done in order to increase the participation of women in the field of climate science, and women who are currently in the field need to be highlighted and properly represented in academic papers.

Click on the names to be directed to the interviews.

Nicole Hellesey

Niina Kautto

Dr. Raeanne Miller

Juliet Oshiro

Dr. Jessica Reeves

Dr. Heidi Steltzer

Joanna Young

Female Climate Scientists 2017