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Gender and climate change

Focus on gender equality and the role that both women and men play in responding to climate change
Gender and climate change: research gaps, policies and best practices
Women carrying baskets
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This paper outlines key linkages between climate change and gender inequality, focusing particularly on adaptation and mitigation policies and practices. The authors note that while there is a wealth of literature on gender-based issues related to environment and disasters, there are few references to gender and climate change.

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A gender approach to understanding the differentiated impact of barriers to adaptation: responses to climate change in rural Ethiopia
A.A. Mersha; F. Van Laerhoven / Springerlink 2016
While adaptation has received a fair amount of attention in the climate change debate, barriers to adaptation are the focus of a more specific, recent discussion. In this discussion, such barriers are generally treated as having a uni...
Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management in Tanzania: a gender policy review
Climate Change Agriculture Food Security 2016
More than twenty years have passed since the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action, where gender mainstreaming was acknowledged as an indispensable global strategy for achieving gender equality. Since then, Tanzania has undoubtedly made ef...
Gendered vulnerabilities to climate change: insights from the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia
Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions 2016
Vulnerabilities to impacts of climate change are gendered. Still, policy approaches aimed at strengthening local communities’ adaptive capacity largely fail to recognise the gendered nature of everyday realities and experiences. ...
Gender and finance: coming out of the margins. Climate policy brief
M. Williams / South Centre 2016
Climate finance must be managed at the global, regional and national levels to ensure and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as key actors, both in climate protection and sustainable development efforts. Managing cli...
Hope dries up? Women and girls coping with drought and climate change
A. Fischer / CARE International 2016
The current drought in Mozambique has a disproportionate impact on women and girls. Unequal power relations, gender inequalities and discrimination mean that women and girls are often hardest hit during a crisis and will take longer t...
Climate finance briefing: gender and climate finance
L. Schalatek; S. Nakhooda / Overseas Development Institute 2016
Women, who form the majority of the world’s 2 billion poorest people, are often disproportionally affected by climate change impacts as a result of persisting gender norms and discriminations. Women ...
Gender dynamics in a changing climate: how gender and adaptive capacity affect resilience
J. Webb / CARE International 2016
Gender, climate change and adaptive capacity are intricately linked. Poor and marginalised women and men face multiple and complex challenges. Climate change further exacerbates these challenges and threatens to erode developm...
Gendered and caste spaces in household water use: a case of Aliabad Village in Peri-urban Hyderabad, India
A Prakash / Water Security in Peri-Urban South Asia 2012
One of the major changes in the water sector over the last few decades has been the enhanced thrust on institutional reforms, including the increasing recognition of the bottom-up approach to management as against the techno-centric t...
Gender and Peri-urban water security
Water Security in Peri-Urban South Asia 2013
As geographical areas subjected to rapid urbanisation and constantly  changing land use, peri-urban sites offer women and men greater economic opportunities.At the sametime,peri-urbanresidents are also drawn away from tradit...
Empowering women for sustainable energy solutions to address climate change: experiences from UN Women and UNDP-UNEP PEI Africa
UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative 2015
Renewable, clean energy and gender equality are preconditions for sustainable development and for tackling climate change, as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. Women’s knowledge, empowerment and collective ac...
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Gender KIG
This introductory guide examines the linkages between gender and climate change made in policy and action on climate change. It introduces the ongoing debates and key resources, especially with regard to i) climate change impacts and responses, ii) climate policy and finance and iii) women’s leadership and empowerment – a key element of bringing gender equality into the global response to climate change.