The impacts of climate change are unequal and affect vulnerable women the most. In the Pacific region, for example, a large proportion of women derive their livelihoods from climate-sensitive agriculture and natural resources, which makes them even more sensitive to the climate crisis.
Yet, women are powerful agents of change and continue to make significant contributions to fight climate change from both mitigation and adaptation angles. They play a vital role in dealing with disasters by effectively mobilizing communities in the different phases of the risk-management cycle. Women are also active in conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. Although the situation is improving, there’s still a lack of women as key actors in climate negotiations, and gender considerations in decision-making is still not a priority for many governments.
Some lead agencies and governments in islands like Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga started including gender mainstreaming strategies in climate change and risk reduction policies, but they still have a long way to go to comply with the UNFCCC/Paris Agreement policies. Gender mainstreaming is a strategy that has been adopted internationally with the goal of achieving gender equality, and means assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes.
It is crucial to apply a gender analysis to all actions on climate change and to consult gender experts in climate change processes at all levels to identify and address women’s and men’s specific needs and priorities. On Monday, Gender Day will “shed light on the woman’s role in adapting to climate change”.
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This week, James Ellsmoor (CEO of Island Innovation) was a speaker at the “Climate Justice: Current Solutions for Future Challenges”. Carlos Garcia (Environmental Policy Expert), Shalanda Baker (Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at U.S. Department of Energy), Raya Salter (Founder, The Energy Justice Law & Policy Center), Lisa Jacobson (President, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy) and Michael Mathres (Co-Founder & Director, REDD+Capital) were also speakers at the conference.
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