Men and women are affected differently by climate change due to variations in their traditional roles, social norms, and livelihoods. Men and women have different social positions and obligations, which means they have different opportunities to incorporate climate change adaptation strategies into their lives. To effectively incorporate climate change into development activities, it is important to consider these distinctions.
Inequity limits women’s ability to adapt to the effects of climate change.
This vulnerability is compounded by the perception of women as victims rather than key players with vital knowledge of their culture, economy, and climate, as well as practical skills that, when understood and used, can help reduce risk and respond to changing circumstances.
Constituting a majority of the world’s poor, women face systemic inequalities in comparison to men, including limited access to decision-making, high rates of sexual and gender-based violence, and limited economic opportunities, making them more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In addition, women are raised in families and cultures with gender-specific roles and obligations. Women’s specific expertise should be valued and effectively used in the response to and management of climate and disaster threats.
Gender-responsive approaches are critical for cost-effective adaptation steps, disaster risk mitigation, and long-term development.
Gender factors will help ensure the success of climate change and disaster risk reduction projects, as well as strengthen women’s and their families’ resilience to climate change. Climate change mitigation approaches on the ground must have multiple development benefits by addressing gender, adaptation, and mitigation together. USAID has proposed a number of approaches to incorporating climate change and gender, including the following:
- Including women in risk assessments to ensure that the evaluations do not only concentrate on male-dominated economic sectors.
- Men and women should be involved in the prioritization and design of climate change adaptation programs, and their indigenous expertise should be used.
- Reaching men and women through renewable energy interventions in the workplace and at home.
- Making climate change adaptation and mitigation knowledge, training, and technologies available and important to all stakeholders.
- Using women’s expertise and experience of community-based adaptation, such as natural resource management and social networks since they often have a strong body of knowledge and expertise that can be used in climate change mitigation, disaster reduction, and adaptation strategies.
- Gender issues should be incorporated into national climate change policies and regulations.
- Assuring that the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation work are distributed fairly.
As the world transitions toward a post-Kyoto climate regime, it is critical that climate policies at all levels pay close attention to the interconnections between gender and climate change, and that women are involved in decision-making at all levels. Seasoned has arranged a five-day training on the topic of women’s vulnerability, their position, the links between gender and climate change, and the underlying reasons why gender should be and is a climate change problem to better understand the relationships between gender and climate change.
Registration for this training can be completed by filling these forms (Registration and Pre Training Assessment Forms) or sending an email to the Seasoned’ training coordinator by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always open to contributing to this dialogue and as such we are continuously seeking partners to aid in this endeavor. You can write to us using email@example.com to kick-start this conversation.