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Turning Down the Heat - Gender and Climate Change

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This short clip, filmed by Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development at the Conference of Parties (COP) 15 in Copenhagen, argues that both men and women need to be recognised in the climate change arena. Lorena Aguilar, Senior Gender Advisor of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is interviewed and references a study which suggests that where there are wide gender gaps, women are more at risk. For example in countries where women don’t have access to land or education, for every five people that will die in natural disasters, a disproportionate amount will be women. In countries where the gap is not so stark and women have similar access to resources men, women and men are equally affected by natural disasters. This means that empowering women is one of the most important strategies for adapting to climate change. However the Kyoto Protocol and past COPs have no mention of women which means that there are no funds that go directly to women. The clip also suggests that climate change presents an opportunity to modify some of the gendered patterns and norms that society has adopted. The film shows footage of demonstrations at COP 15 calling for legally binding, fair agreements.