Arab Women step up to change climate change
08 March 2011 | News story
In a region that is burdened with conflict, water scarcity and environmental degradation, the role of women as agents of change in this part of the world is crucial and needs to be strengthened, especially when it comes to their role in reducing impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities.
Fifteen Arab Women gathered in Jordan to be trained on Gender and Climate Change using the newly Arabic Translated Gender and Climate Change Manual. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature in partnership with the Arab Women Organization (AWO) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) has launched the Arabic version of the IUCN Gender and Climate Change Manual, during the Training of Trainers on Gender and Climate Change in the Arab Region held last month at the Dead Sea, Jordan.
This training workshop aimed at building a strong and qualified Arab team that works jointly with Arab governments to mainstream gender in the national and regional climate change policies. According to the training manual, which was authored by the IUCN Global Senior Gender Advisor, Lorena Aguilar, the impacts of climate change will hit hardest the poorest regions and the poorest people who have the least resources for facing the changes brought by increasing droughts, floods or storms. Seventy percent of these poor are women.
This means that poor women will have to struggle with the impacts of climate change. However, they can also be powerful agents of change. Empowerment of women in planning and decision making as well as implementing measures influencing climate change will make our common efforts more effective especially at the local level.
This training course was part of a series held globally to strengthen capacities and enhance understanding of the links between gender and climate change within the context of current climate change negotiations, i.e. adaptation, mitigation, finance and technology. The training was attended by delegates from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Tunisia and Morocco.
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.
• Daniel Shaw, IUCN Communications Officer, Forest Conservation Programme and Gender, t +41 22 999 0168, e firstname.lastname@example.org
• Rania Faouri, IUCN Communications Officer, Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), t +962 777888522, e email@example.com.
Resources & Documents:
Web address: www.gender-climate.org
Gender and Climate Change Training Manual (English): www.gender-climate.org/resources.html
Gender and Climate Change Training Manual (Arabic): http://www.iucn.org/dbtw-wpd/edocs/2009-012-Ar.pdf