Latin America is currently preparing for the impacts of climate change, and many governments and influential sectors are in the process of developing mitigation and adaptation strategies. As gender influences mens and womens experiences of climate change, associated vulnerabilities, and adaptation capacities, it is important that national policies on climate change adaptation incorporate gender concerns.
This paper provides an overview of the state of gender inclusion in national policies related to climate change in seven target countries of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in Latin America.
A rubric for evaluating policies levels of gender integration was developed based on guidelines and methods for gender inclusion. Preliminary findings suggest that gender-sensitive consultation processes and increased efforts at cross-sectoral coordination can lead to successful gender integration in climate change planning.
In order for effective gender inclusion in policymaking to take place, this study found that policies must rely on: data and research that specifically identifies gender differences and trends; inclusive consultation processes with diverse stakeholders;
and specific funds allocated for the implementation of gender-sensitive policies and the monitoring and evaluation of same.