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Training Manual on Gender and Climate Change

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Lorena Aguilar
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Until recently, those involved in climate change programmes and policy development assumed that men and women experience climate change in similar ways. But recognition is now growing that the effects will be disproportionately felt by the world’s poorest people, a group in which women are overrepresented, and existing patterns of gender disadvantage are likely to be magnified. This training manual has been developed by the Global Gender Alliance, a group of United Nations agencies and international civil society organisations set up to encourage gender responsive climate change policies, decision making, and initiatives. The manual is intended to improve skills around gender and climate change and equip and develop trainers in different regions and countries. It guides the reader through ten steps to follow when planning training, including defining target groups, setting objectives and evaluation. It contains seven training modules: gender and mainstreaming; international law instruments; gender and climate change overview; gender mainstreaming in adaptation; gender sensitive strategies in mitigation; gender sensitive strategies in technology development and transfer; and gender mainstreaming in climate change financing mechanisms. Each module includes a description and analysis of the topic, the module learning objectives and a range of practical materials and activities to use, along with facilitator notes and handouts. At the end of each module there is a list of further reading, and the manual’s appendix contains an annotated bibliography.