Gender and Climate Change in the North: Issues, Entry Points and Strategies for the Post-2012 Process

Gender and Climate Change in the North: Issues, Entry Points and Strategies for the Post-2012 Process

The paper identifies gender aspects of climate change in the North, describes ongoing and upcoming policy-making processes and organisations and includes recommendations for a better integration of gender issues in the climate change negotiations.

So far women's organisations in Northern countries have hardly participated in the climate change debate. This document aims to stimulate women's organisations in Europe and the wider United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) region to work on strategies to ensure that gender issues are understood and integrated in the negotiations of a post-2012 global climate regime. The paper identifies gender aspects of climate change in the North around health, the economy, social issues and gender roles and attitudes. For instance, it explains that since women enjoy less financial security than men, the economic consequences of climate change and response measures must be analysed from a gender sensitive perspective to counter disadvantages for women in areas like energy and transport prices. A description of ongoing and upcoming policy-making processes and organisations is also featured, together with some women's organisations and networks that could potentially work in partnerships. Recommendations include: carry out further research on the gendered aspects of climate change; produce more gender disaggregated data; integrate a gender perspective into climate protection negotiations and policy-making at national and international levels; strengthen the presence of women in decisions and negotiations around climate protection; and create and disseminate gender sensitive information on climate change. The author also recommends closely monitoring the actual integration of gender issues in research, policy-making and implementation.

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