Women and Gender Constituency Position Paper on the 2015 New Climate Agreement


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A just and gender-responsive climate agreement can take different forms, but fundamentally it will; respect and promote human rights and gender equality: ensure sustainable development and environmental integrity; require fair, equitable, ambitious and binding mitigation commitments in line with the principles of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR); call for urgent and prioritized adaptation action and… Read More

Parties call for Gender Equality and Human Rights in Geneva Climate Talks


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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (February 8, 2015) Original Post at www.wedo.org– The first meeting of the 2015 climate talks  kicked off today in Geneva, Switzerland. At this meeting, Parties will agree the draft text which will become the foundation for negotiations from now until Paris, COP21, in December– with an eye towards a new global climate agreement. The tone… Read More

RELEASE: Women at COP 20 Blast Failure for Real Action in Lima


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Women at COP 20 Blast Failure for Real Action in Lima: “Time to Stop Calling and Start Doing. Leaders, You Have 12 Months to get it Right.” [Lima, Peru; Sunday, 14 December] As COP20 comes to a close, the members of the UNFCCC’s Women and Gender Constituency,representing hundreds of thousands of women and men from around the world, respond… Read More

COP20 Closing Statement: You have negotiated only which lives, communities and lands will be lost!


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LIMA PERU (December 14, 2014)– At the close of COP20, two days behind schedule, Carmen Capriles delivered the statement prepared by Marina Parvin, from the Indigenous Mundas community in Bangladesh and representing the Asian Pacific Forum for Women in Law and Development (APWLD), to bleary-eyed delegates around 3:00 AM in the closing moments of the… Read More

COP20 High- Level Segment: support gender equality and climate justice!


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LIMA, PERU (December 11, 2014)– Presenting at the close of the High-Level Segment at COP20, WGC co-Focal Point Usha Nair delivered a strong statement on behalf of the Constituency, calling all Parties to support gender equality and climate justice! Read the full intervention below: ————— Thank you, Mr. President. Honourable President, Distinguished Ministers, delegates and colleagues,… Read More

The urgency of our planetary emergency is completely missing in Lima!


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LIMA, PERU (December 5, 2014)– As the SBI came to a close in Lima, the Women and Gender Constituency reacted to progress on a new work programme to support implementation of gender-responsive climate policy. Mirna Inés Fernández of Bolivia, underscored the critical importance of gender equality to climate policy. DOWNLOAD here.  We are pleased that Parties,… Read More

Can Lima Close the Gap? No, Not That One!


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Can Lima Close the Gap? No, Not That One! We all know that there are a lot of gaps – from emissions and ambition to finance and capacity – but we’re sorry to inform you that there is one you may have overlooked: gender. Gender is one of the foremost social categories in determining roles, experiences and perspectives in… Read More

RELEASE: Global Women Civil Society Leaders Speak Out in Lima, Peru


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Global Women Civil Society Leaders Speak Out in Lima, Peru; Demand Urgent Commitments on Climate Action, Gender Equality &  Women’s Rights for New UN Climate Agreement in Paris 2015 Contact:   Bridget Burns, WEDO, +1.914.310.3270   bridget@wedo.org Sabine Bock WECF, +49 (89) 23 23 93 8 12 sabine.bock@wecf.eu Claire Greensfelder, WEDO/WECF,  +1.510.917.5468 claire.greensfelder@gmail.com   FOR IMMEDIATE… Read More

Gender Equality MUST Be Central to New Paris Agreement


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LIMA, PERU (December 2, 2014)– As negotiations opened on the new Paris Agreement here in Lima, at COP20, the WGC reminded Parties that we need ambition, real solutions and recognition of human rights, gender equality and the rights of future generations. Thank you Chair. My name is Mrinalini Rai, speaking on behalf of the Women… Read More

COP20: WGC Calls for a New Decision on Gender-Sensitive Climate Policy


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LIMA, PERU (December , 2014)– At the Opening of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), Ms. Gertrude Kenyangi from Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment, Uganda, called for further strengthening gender-sensitive climate policy via a new decision under the agenda item on gender and climate change. Thank you Chair, My name is Gertrude Kenyangi from Support… Read More

COP20: WGC calls for safe, nuclear-free, low carbon technologies


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LIMA, PERU (December 1, 2014)– On Monday, Kalyani Raj from All India Women’s Conference, on behalf of the Constituency, delivered a statement in the opening of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), calling for safe, nuclear-free, low carbon technologies which take into account the rights and needs of women and men Thank you Chair,… Read More

COP20 Opening: Women are on the frontline of climate action!


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LIMA, PERU (December 1, 2014)- On Monday, December 1st, Carmen Capriles, Reaccion Climatica, Bolivia, on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency, delivered a strong statement at the opening of the 20th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC, calling for full and equal participation, human rights, and gender equality as essential to achieving progress and… Read More

New Climate Treaty Must Respect Human Rights


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GERMANY (October 20, 2014)- As negotiations towards a new climate agreement commenced in Germany this week, the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) called Parties to raise ambitions, prioritize safe and truly sustainable solutions and ensure gender equality and human rights in all climate policies and action. On behalf of the WGC, Ms. Usha Nair delivered… Read More

Women Demand Climate Justice At The People’s Climate March


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[SOURCE: https://climatewomen.squarespace.com/press-release] Hundreds of women and men, friends and family, feminists, activists, and allies, including long-time gender equality champion, former President of Finland, Her Excellency Tarja Halonen, marched together at Sunday’s People’s Climate March in New York City to proclaim that there can be “no climate justice without gender justice”. This sentiment acknowledges that women, particularly in… Read More

Highlighting Concerns on Eve of UN Climate Summit


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On the eve of the upcoming UN Summit on Climate Change, commencing next week at UN Headquarters in New York, the Women and Gender Constituency to the UNFCCC, one of the 9 formal constituencies to the UNFCCC, recirculates a letter highlighting a number of basic concerns and recommendations about the organization and thematic focus of this… Read More

Women’s Social PreCOP Statement “Women want system change, not climate change”


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From 15-18 June 2014, representatives of the Women and Gender Constituency attended the Preparatory Meeting of the Social PreCOP on Climate Change, organized by the Government of Venezuela on Margarita Island, Venezuela. As part of the negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Social PreCOP on Climate Change aims to channel the fair… Read More

Thank You Mexico- Championing Gender Equality in 2015 Climate Agreement


BONN, GERMANY (June 13, 2014)– The Women and Gender Constituency alongside the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) drafted the below letter to the Mexican Delegation at the intersessional in Bonn: To the Delegation of Mexico, on behalf of the Government of Mexico; The Women and Gender Constituency, representing networks of thousands of women’s rights… Read More

WGC Calls for Gender Equality and People Power over Corporate Power at UNFCCC Session in Bonn, Germany


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BONN, GERMANY (June 13, 2014)- The Women and Gender Constituency made several interventions during the Bonn intersessional. Please find them below and on the Resources page. Lourdes Barragan, TEM on Land Use, June 2014 “Women are the majority of the world’s subsistence agricultural producers, poor livestock keepers and involved in natural resource management. Women play… Read More