Training local communities on gender and climate change in Jordan

01 August 2010 | News story

Amman, Jordan, 1 August 2010 – Realizing the negative impacts of natural disasters and environmental changes on vulnerable communities and the essential role that women can play in reducing those vulnerabilities, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the Arab Women Organization in Jordan recently conducted a training course on gender and climate change for community based organizations (CBOs) and women groups, empowering them to be the catalysts of change in their communities. The training was held from Aug. 1-5, 2010 in Jordan and was funded by the Global Women Fund.

Twenty participants from different CBOs and women groups were trained to develop the skills required to complement their existing programs with a more political program of active engagement with local governments and service providers. The CBOs will now act as a platform for women activists who wish to exercise their rights and thus enable them to define procedures and criteria to measure whether gender considerations have been taken into account when talking about climate change.

“This training was conducted in preparation of producing the Arabic version of the Gender and Climate Change Training Manual which was translated with the joint efforts of IUCN and the Arab Women Organization. The manual will support us in identifying the linkages between the role of women and facing the impacts of climate change,” said Randa Qussous, President of the Arab Women Organization (AWO).

“Women play a major role in energy and water conservation in households through their accumulated knowledge and experience in wise management of natural resources,” said Dr. Odeh Al-Jayyousi, IUCN West Asia Regional Director.

“In recent years, IUCN has been investing in improving the capacity of women and women’s organizations as decision makers in climate change solutions and policies, ” said Lorena Aguilar, Senior Global Gender Advisor of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. “This is one example of how this is being done”.

The IUCN training manual on gender and climate change was successfully used throughout the training program. This manual has been successfully applied at regional levels all around the world including Arab Countries to enlarge knowledge of social and technical expert groups to assert the rights of women to climate change impacts.

Worldwide data has proven that by mainstreaming gender equality into climate change initiatives, we can enhance our efforts in reducing vulnerabilities and become more efficient and effective in our solutions – peace and security and natural resource management.

Further information may be obtained from Lorena Aguilar, IUCN Senior Global Gender Advisor on
lorena.aguilar@iucn.org

And Fidaa Haddad, IUCN West Asia Gender Focal Point on fida.haddad@iucn.org