Resource guide on gender and climate change

Resource guide on gender and climate change

Including women’s voices in climate change policy and programming

Poor women’s limited access to resources, restricted rights, limited mobility and muted voice in shaping decisions make them highly vulnerable to climate change. This guide aims to inform practitioners and policy makers of the linkages between gender equality and climate change and their importance in relation to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It makes the case for why it is necessary to include women's voices, needs and expertise in climate change policy and programming.

The guide looks at: 

  • The definition and principle causes of climate change 
  • gender equality and MDGs in the context of climate change 
  • the lack of explicit recognition of gender considerations in international instruments 
  • prospects for gender equality in adaptation and mitigation strategies

The guide stresses the need to act and makes the following recommendations: 

  • improving understanding of gender and climate change by analyzing gender relations when examining the causes and consequences of climate change 
  • gather, document and produce information on the differentiated impact of climate change on men and women 
  • invest in effective communication to disseminate information to women and other marginalised members of society 
  • influence international and national policies to explicitly include gender equality considerations

[Adapted from the authors]

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