Women’s historic disadvantages, limited access and control over decision-making, environmental and economic resources, and their restricted rights make them more vulnerable to climate change. However, this disproportionate burden of climate change on women can be countered by empowerment and recognition.
Women have important primary roles as managers of forests, land, water, and other natural resources. This position makes them powerful agents of change in formulating adaptation and mitigation measures. Women are part of the solution.
The understanding of the linkages between gender and climate change has resonated with governments that want to move forward on national implementation despite frustration at the global policy level. The IUCN Gender Office is working to build their capacity to develop gender-responsive climate change strategies and programmes through National Strategies and Action Plans already concluded in Jordan, Central America, Egypt, Mozambique, Tanzania, Haiti, Panama, Nepal and Liberia. These are underpinned by four overarching goals:
• Advance gender equality and women empowerment;
• Take concrete action on climate change implementation at national and local level;
• Contribute to sustainable development through a “bottom-up” approach, recognizing and harnessing the potential contribution by women; and
• Positioning the IUCN Union by involving all of its components with global development partners synergistically.
This event will bring together Ministers from all around the world to present and share how they are working toward a more equitable and just world.