The Gender and Climate Change Working Group (GCCWG) is a network of organizations and individuals working towards climate smart policies, decision-making and programs. It was initiated in 2010 to as a platform for like-minded institutions and individuals and has been advocating for inclusion of gender and social concerns in climate change in Kenya.
The network has succeeded in influencing the national climate change action planning processes, engaging various Ministries and government institutions through organized gender advocacy, training and capacity building of state and non-state actors on gender equality mainstreaming in climate change and gender advocacy, organizing and facilitating gender and climate change multi-stakeholder dialogues and round tables, knowledge management and submitting text to the Ministry of Environment on Kenya’s submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on how to advance its Decision on Gender among others activities.
This has resulted to emerging communities of practice on gender and climate change among the network members, which has provided opportunity for collective learning through sharing of experiences, good practices and knowledge sharing through all forms of communication channels. The network has 58 members who are drawn from state and non-state actors, intergovernmental bodies, private sector and who bring a wealth of experience from their working environments.
The network holds bi-monthly meetings to deliberate on its activities, to share progress, identify and plan on emerging. Advocacy teams meet regularly to implement their activities and provide feedback to the entire group.
GCCWGs main objectives are to;
- Raise awareness and understanding of the differentiated impacts of climate change on women and men and the value of integrating gender equality perspectives in climate change
- Foster collaboration and cooperation between non-state and state actors with regard to gender and social aspects of climate change;
- Strengthen the capacity for gender mainstreaming among working group members and the wider sector stakeholders, both state and non-state actors, through training, information sharing and participation in relevant actions.
- Advocate and lobby for inclusion of gender and social issues in climate related discourse, policies and programs.
- Provide a forum for networking, information-sharing, and cross-disciplinary discussions on matters of climate change and gender. It is also a forum where participants learn about emerging gender mainstreaming practices and methods, and gain insights on what works.