Gender and Climate Change

Among the world’s most pressing and complex challenges, climate change is not gender neutral. Over the last decade, tremendous progress has been made by the global community in recognising the differentiated causes and impacts of climate change and considering proactive, effective, inclusive, and gender-responsive solutions.
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IUCN works extensively at the intersection of climate change and gender concerns. Because climate change and gender are both cross-cutting themes, they overlap within various sectors, including forests, water, energy, and urban development, and across mitigation, adaptation, and resilience efforts.

Policy and Progress

IUCN offers technical guidance in major decision-making spheres on climate change such as the UNFCCC, including to implement its Gender Action Plan. IUCN has extensive experience collaborating with State and non-state members and stakeholders to improve policy across sectors, bridge siloes and strengthen implementation frameworks that realise gender equality and climate change commitments, in tandem. Gender-responsive action on climate change is, among other things, crucial to meeting the SDGs.

Guiding National Implementation: ccGAPs

As evidenced through well over two dozen processes, Climate Change Gender Action Plans are nationally recognized strategies with a unique methodology for training and building the capacity of women and women’s organizations on the linkages between gender and climate change. This is done through a series of workshop trainings with local women identified as leaders in their communities, and also with women’s advocacy organizations that support their rights and development, not only in the environmental sector but across sectors to increase their knowledge on these issues.

The most recent ccGAP to launch, the Dominican Republic’s is unique in several key ways—first, it is directly informing gender-responsive implementation of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and second, it includes an innovative—and significantly male-dominated—sector: aviation.

The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making summarizes the ccGAP process and spotlights countries’ sector-specific activities. Roots for the Future also summarizes this and related processes.

Improving Knowledge and Information Sharing

IUCN has been dedicated to identifying and filling knowledge gaps on gender and climate change for many years. In addition to sector-specific tools available in its Resource Center, including a training manual on gender and climate change and comprehensive scoping across sectors, new research will launch in 2019, including on gender inequality, state fragility and climate vulnerability links.

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