For Climate Justice, We Need People Power

Photo by: Anabelle Avril/ WECF The COP25 climate talks concluded in the late afternoon on Sunday – almost two days after its scheduled end time. Civil society watched as Parties attempted to water down commitments to action and ambition in the Paris Agreement, thrust responsibility for loss and damage onto those countries suffering first and… Read More

Advances for Gender Equality at COP25

Photo by: Annabelle Avril-WECF Women and Gender Groups Applaud Gender Action Plan at COP 25 After nearly two weeks of negotiations at COP 25 climate negotiations in Madrid, Spain, the governments have adopted a new 5-year Gender Action Plan (GAP) that progressively builds upon the first GAP, and works to address many of the concerns raised… Read More

Testimonies By Women and Gender Rights Defenders at the Peaceful Protest

‘As I peacefully held onto a banner, several police officers tried to rip the banner from my hands by prying my fingers open and dragging me with them as they pulled the banner but I refused to let go’ Kavita Naidu, Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law & Development —— While in the hall the… Read More

Police Turns Violent at Peaceful Protest by Women

For immediate release 12 December 2019 COP25, Madrid Feminists joined Wednesday’s peaceful protest with indigenous peoples, youth, trade unions and other climate activists to call for more ambition in the current climate negations. The peaceful action calling for human rights and gender equality in climate negotiations turned violent by the police when they used excessive… Read More

COP 25 Decision On Markets More Important Than Human Rights

For Immediate Release 06 December 2019 COP 25, Madrid, Spain After the first week of climate negotiations at COP 25, it becomes clear that governments are willing to compromise Human Rights to adopt rules on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement that will endanger human rights and harm the environment in the name of climate… Read More

Women and Gender Rights Activists Demand Climate Justice at COP 25

Download Here: ENGLISH Women and Gender Rights Activists Demand Climate Justice at COP 25 For Immediate Release 04 December 2019 COP 25, Madrid, Spain Women and gender rights defenders from over 30 countries are at COP 25 in Madrid, Spain to demand governments deliver on the 5-year Lima Work Programme on Gender by implementing a… Read More

WGC Issue Briefs

You can access the Women and Gender Constituency Issue Brief PDFs below:

WGC Opening Intervention at COP25

  Thank you Chair, my name is Antonia Zambra, from Chile, and I speak on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency. We come today in solidarity with feministas who are with allies, hosting the Cumbre de los Pueblos. Women and feminists have been on the frontlines of the protests in Chile, as they are… Read More

WGC Feminist Demands at COP25

Download here: ENGLISH | SPANISH | FRENCH 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… Read More

The Women and Gender Constituency’s submission on the Gender Action Plan


Background: Parties and observers were asked sharing information on the implementation of the gender action plan, identifying areas of progress, areas for improvement and further work to be undertaken in subsequent action plans, as mandated in FCCC/SBI/2018/22, paragraph 104 due 8/31/2019 The Women and Gender Constituency views a comprehensive, targeted and resourced gender action plan… Read More

Social Injustice & Climate Chaos: Feminist Response to Cancellation of COP25

“Regardless of where the COP25 will be held, the world will not take its eyes off Chile, or what the people are demanding.” October 31, 2019 — Yesterday, October 30th, the Government of Chile announced that it would not host the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Summit “COP25” in the country, in view of the … Read More

Human Rights Council 41st Session Panel Discussion on Women’s Rights and Climate Change: climate action, good practices and lessons learned

Written by: Hwei Mian Lim (Senior Programme Officer at Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women – ARROW). At the recent 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, a Panel Discussion on Women’s Rights and Climate Change: Climate Action, Good Practices and Lessons Learned [1] was held on 28 June 2019. The… Read More

APPLY NOW: 5th Annual ‘Gender-Just Climate Solutions’ Awards

The Women and Gender Constituency invites you to participate in the 5th Annual ‘Gender-Just Climate Solutions’ Awards! These awards aim to showcase real solutions for a more just, equal and healthy planet. All types of activists, grassroots and women-led organizations and groups working on issues related to climate change are encouraged to apply. Three winning award… Read More

Meet the 2018 Gender Just Climate Solution Winners

On Monday December 10th, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Women and Gender Constituency held its annual Gender Just Climate Solutions Award and publication launch at the climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland. The Awards celebrate gender-just solutions- aiming to support and scale up innovative initiatives that put equity and sustainability at heart. These… Read More

Peoples’ voices and urgent solutions dismissed at COP24 in Katowice

Press Release | 17 December, 2018 | Katowice, Poland Photo by WWF-New Zealand / David Tong After two weeks of intense negotiations, women and gender groups represented in Katowice assert that COP24’s failure to deliver on the 1.5°C goal and refusal to put people at the  center of climate action exacerbates rather than addresses the challenges facing our planet. The… Read More