One of the most urgent issues of our time, climate change has widespread implications — from the exacerbation of poverty, to the breakdown of infrastructure, to the loss of environmental, political, economic and social security. Experts agree that climate change threatens to set back development efforts by decades, placing least developed countries and already-vulnerable populations in an even more precarious position. Yet a critical aspect of climate change has remained largely on the outskirts — gender.
Women, as the majority of the world’s poor, are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. They are also critical to climate change solutions. WEDO approaches gender and climate from many angles to ensure that women are present at all levels and dimensions of climate change policy-making, strategizing and action.
Our work in the area of climate change focuses on:
• Advocacy at the UNFCCC for gender language in the global climate change agreement
• Advocacy on climate change finance: making sure women have access to money for adaptation and mitigation
• Training on gender and climate change linkages
WEDO’s work on gender and climate change also includes work with the Global Gender and Climate Change Alliance (GGCA). The GGCA is a unique network of 13 UN agencies and 25 civil society organizations, working together to ensure that climate change decision-making, policies and initiatives, at all levels, are gender responsive. Click here to find out more about the GGCA.
Find out more about our Climate Change initiatives by clicking on the categories on the right, exploring our policy work in the UNFCCC section of the site and by accessing key documents in the Library and below!
Key Climate Change Documents
The following are links to key publications on gender and climate change:
Manila Declaration (2008)
Nairobi Action Plan for African Parliamentarians (2009)
Nordic Summit Declaration (2009)
Monrovia Call for Action (2009)
Gender, Climate Change and Human Security Report (2008)
Statement of the CEDAW Committee on Gender and Climate Change (2009)
Case Study: Gender and Climate Change in Nepal (2008)
Climate Change Connections: A resource kit on gender, population and climate change (2009)
GGCA Gender and Climate Change Training Manual (2009)
US Resolution (H.R. 98) on Women and Climate Change (2009)
GGCA Resources page
US Climate Change Campaign
Below are key documents on US Climate Change Advocacy:
Climate Change Facts- WEDO
“U.S. Climate Change Policy: Why Women Matter”- Women Demand U.S. Action on Climate Change (WDACC) Campaign (2008)
Green Jobs Now! – From Katrina to Copenhagen: WDACC Campaign
US House Concurrent Resolution 98 on Women and Climate Change (2009)
Letter to President Obama- Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Climate Change and Women Factsheet- Oxfam America (2008)
The Latest Climate Change News
Achieving a Fund-Wide Gender-Sensitive Approach in the Green Climate Fund: Recommendations for the 6th Meeting of the GCF Board
NEW YORK (February 18, 2014)– This week, from February 19th -21st, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will hold its fifth meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The Board will discuss key issues pertinent for the operationalization of the GCF in addition to exploring options for a Fund-wide gender-sensitive approach.
At COP17 in 2011, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) made history as the first global climate finance mechanism to include gender equality concerns at its inception by including …
Can the world move beyond words & positions to action? COP19 Final Recap: Measuring ‘Progress’, Challenges & Next Steps
NEW YORK (December 3, 2013)– It’s been just over a week since the conclusion of the COP19 UNFCCC negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, where the talks seemed to embody the ever-growing climate chaos – evidenced through lack of real commitment or action by governments. There were some signs of progress, including for gender equality. But signs of progress should not detract from the overarching takeaway out of Warsaw: if there is any hope for an ambitious …
WARSAW, POLAND (November 20, 2013) - As part of Gender Day at COP19 on November 19th, WEDO together with Gender CC, GGCA and LIFE organized a side event taking stock of the progress made on gender and climate change so far in Warsaw, and discussing ways forward to advance the goal of gender responsive and transformative climate policies. The event was moderated by Gotelind Alber from Gender CC, and was divided into two parts.
WARSAW, POLAND (November 20, 2013)- Bringing COP 19 Gender Day to a close at the last side event of the evening, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) hosted a Fireside Chat, officially titled “Climate Finance and Gender Equality: Lessons for Sustainable Development.” The event provided first-hand experience from women leaders using gender mainstreaming and gender sensitive programming to address environment …
FACTSHEET: LINKING DATA AND ACTIONS – Connections between IPCC AR5 data, gender differentiated data and climate change actions
WARSAW, POLAND (November 19, 2013) – WEDO, with the support from the Global Gender Office of IUCN and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), has developed the factsheet “LINKING DATA AND ACTIONS. Connections between IPCC AR5 data, gender differentiated data and climate change actions“.
This factsheet highlights links between the data presented in the recent IPCC AR5 report on climate change, gender data and some actions proposed by countries to mitigate or …