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Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change

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Responses to climate change tend to focus on scientific and economic solutions rather than addressing the vitally significant human and gender dimensions. For climate change responses to be effective, thinking must move beyond these limited approaches to become people-focused, and focus on the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the struggle for gender equality. This cutting edge pack advocates for a transformative approach in which:

Women and men have an equal voice in decision-making on climate change and broader governance processes
Women and men are given equal access to the resources necessary to respond to the negative effects of climate change
Both women’s and men’s needs and knowledge are taken into account and climate change policymaking institutions and processes at all levels are not biased towards men or women
The broad social constraints that limit women’s access to strategic and practical resources no longer exist

This Cutting Edge Pack hopes to inspire thinking and action. The overview report offering a comprehensive gendered analysis of climate change which demystifies many of the complexities in this area and suggests recommendations for researchers, NGOs and donors as well as policymakers at national and international level. The supporting resources collection provides summaries of key texts, conceptual papers, tools, case studies and contacts of organisations in this field, whilst a Gender and Development In Brief newsletter contains three articles including two case studies outlining innovative local led solutions.