Short introduction Ulrike Roehr
I am a civil engineer and sociologist by background, and have been working on gender issues in planning, Local Agenda 21, environment, and especially in energy and climate policy for about 30 years. I was committed to mainstream gender into climate policy on local and national levels and have been involved in gendering the UNFCCC process since the very beginning. I am co-founder of the global network GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice and headed the German focal point on gender, environment, sustainability (genanet) which is aims to support gender mainstreaming in environmental policy by providing information, hosting a network of gender & environment experts, advising environment organisations and ministries, and carrying out research.
In recent years I was the lead adviser of BRIDGE’s (University of Sussex) cutting edge programme on gender and climate change, and the lead researcher of the assessment of the implementation of chapter k (Women and the Environment) in the 27 European Union countries - with the main focus on climate change, and here particularly on energy and transport, carried out on behalf of the European Institute for Gender Equality. Additionally, I was involved in gender trainings and the development of a toolkit for researchers applying to the 7. Framework Programme (in cooperation with Yellow Window, Belgium, see: http://www.yellowwindow.be/genderinresearch/index.html)
My main areas of work
Gender perspectives in climate protection / climate change and energy: Research and studies, background information and articles, measures for increasing the share of women in the field of climate protection/energy, training for women in renewable energy production and energy efficiency, networking and lobbying on European and UN level to mainstream gender into climate change/energy related programmes and negotiations.
Mainstreaming gender into environmental policy and sustainability strategies: Studies and research in the field of gender justice, environment/sustainability and specific aspects thereof; advice and support for gender mainstreaming processes in environmental ministries, agencies and organisations; providing and disseminating information, case studies and best practice; publishing, training of researchers in gender issues.
Participation in the reviews of the Sustainability Strategies and Green Economy / Low Carbon Development: developing statements, organising review workshops for women, cooperation with environmental organisations, monitoring the processes from a gender perspective.
Networking in the field of gender, sustainability & environment: cooperation at national, regional and international level; dissemination of information; development of strategies on how to improve women’s participation/how to integrate gender aspects; conceptualisation and realisation of conferences and seminars; participation in advisory boards; lectures and publications regarding women/gender and environment/sustainability.