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WEDO Launch Event in Bonn- Recap & Photos

BONN, GERMANY (June 10, 2013)– WEDO officially presented the publication, From research to action, leaf by leaf: getting gender right in REDD+ SES, on Friday, June 7th during the UNFCCC Negotiations in Bonn. The informal reception hosted a diverse group of individuals, from campaigners to practitioners, and facilitated engaging discussion around lessons learned during the action research, the results achieved and ideas for how they can be applied in the future. You can view a slideshow of photos by clicking here.

Photos from Gender & REDD+ Launch Event

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COP18 Intervention- High Level Plenary Statement

December 7, 2012- Andrea Quesada of WEDO summarized the demands of the women and gender constituency presented in previous interventions and thanked Parties for their support to gender equality. She urged Parties to continue on this track and commit to further gender-sensitive policies and propose actions to fully and effectively implement them.
To read the intervention, click here.
                  

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NOT IN MY NAME: Women at COP18 call for urgency and action

Doha, Qatar (December 5, 2012)- Early this morning Women and Gender NGOs at COP 18 representing hundreds of women’s organizations and environmental leaders around the world expressed their dissatisfaction with the positions of many Northern Governments.

Holding signs listing the failures of the negotiations including – “empty financing,” “inequality,” “gigaton gap” “withholding safe technologies” “no compensation for loss and damage” at the entrance to the conference site, over two dozen women and men chanted “Not in My Name!” and urged delegates and NGOs to “Sign our petition if the negotiations don’t speak for you!’ https://www.change.org/petitions/commit-to-fierce-urgency-and-ambition-in-solving-the-climate-crisis

The petition asks NGOS and delegates to sign on to a letter (see attached), and calls for “fierce urgency and ambition.” It decries the lack of sincere and effective actions on the part of the countries from the Global North. The drafters say that the COP has no legitimacy to speak on behalf of the people of the world unless they make real progress.

“Women from the Global North are very concerned that their leaders don’t commit to the actions which are needed, and don’t do enough to support developing countries facing the impacts of our historic misbehavior,” said Ulrike Roehr of LIFE – Education, Environment, Equality, of Germany.  “We want to make clear that we will not forget and forgive how they negotiate here”.

“Women the world over have been patiently waiting for ‘decisionmakers’ to choose life for people and for the planet,” said Marta Benavides of Siglo XXIII (23rd Century) of El Salvador. Benavides continued, “Unbelieveably, I have met delegates here who are still skeptical about global warming.  Denying the science is not a responsible position at COP 18.”  “The Doha Climate Change Conference is almost finished and there doesn’t seem to be any sign that the governments will be making the right choices for quality of life for the present and to ensure a future for the next generations.”

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More photos are available here and below!

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COP18 Intervention- SBI Decision on Gender Balance

December 1, 2012 - a decision has been adopted by the SBI on increasing the participation of women in climate change decision making. Bridget Burns of WEDO made an intervention welcoming this decision, but arguing for more actions which encompass not just gender balance, but the principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
To read the intervention, click here.

                  

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COP18 Intervention- Opening of LCA

November 27, 2012– Rachel Harris of WEDO made an intervention in the LCA-opening on behalf of the Women and Gender Consituency. She asked for equity to be at the heart of the climate regime and that we need to transform how we think about mitigation and adaptation to make the responses to climate change equitable, socially just and environmentally sound.
To read the intervention, click here.

                  

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