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GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice

GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice is a global network of organisations, experts and activists working for gender equality, women’s rights and climate justice.

GenderCC has evolved in the context of the international climate negotiations (UNFCCC). It includes women and gender experts working in policy, research and practical implementation at international, national and local levels.

GenderCC is working to achieve gender and climate justice by:

  • Raising awareness and building capacity on gender and climate to improve climate policies;
  • Increasing the knowledge base on gender and climate to identify effective mitigation and adaptation options
  • Empowering women and men to actively contribute to mitigation and adaptation
  • Enhancing cooperation on gender and climate issues at all level, and
  • Advocating for gender and climate justice as overarching, guiding principles.

Read more about GenderCC’s vision, our history and our current & past activities.

There are also a number of ways to get involved, including making a donation or becoming a member of our network.

Why gender into climate policy?

Different genders contribute differently to the causes of climate change. Individual carbon footprints are a product of gendered roles, responsibilities and identities.

The impacts of climate change vary by gender. Due to their socially constructed roles and attributed responsibilities, climate change mitigation puts additional burdens to wlinta* (women, lesbians, inter, non-binary, trans, agender people), e.g. for family and community care. For the same reasons, they are often more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Moreover, attitudes, preferences and capacities to respond to climate change vary by gender. As different roles in society result in different attitudes towards policies and measures, wlinta* tend to more strongly reject high-risk technologies and limited technological approaches, preferring a more holistic approach, including changes to lifestyles, but often face contraints to contribute to mitigating climate change and adapt to its impacts.

Climate policies and measures affect people differently, depending of gender and other axes of discrimination. This is due to socio-economic factors, such as disparities in income and occupational choices. Climate policy needs to recognise and integrate gender dimensions in order to become more effective and to be respectful of human rights.