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Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and their needs must therefore be addressed to ensure efficient and equitable climate mitigation and adaptation. Including women in climate decision-making allows for more efficient planning as women are best equipped to understand the impact they are experiencing themselves. As technology is not gender neutral, working with climate technologies requires that consideration be taken to ensure that women are included in decision-making processes, use of technologies, and benefit from the outcomes of technologies. Below you will find related publications, partners, CTCN technical assistance, technologies and other information for exploring this topic further.  

Gender

  • Gender in emergency food security, livelihoods and nutrition in Somalia

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    Sunday 1 January 2012
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    This Food and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FNASU) desk based review examines traditional and changing gender roles and responsibilities in food security, livelihood and nutrition, examining what is known about the Somalian context and gaps in knowledge. The gender and nutrition research examines the different regions of Somalia looking at commonalities and variations in intra household distribution, breastfeeding, and infant and young child feeding.

  • Concept note for the preliminary study on rural women and the right to food

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    Sunday 1 January 2012
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    This concept note sets out the content of an upcoming study on rural women and the right to food. The study suggests intersections between women’s rights and the right to food, interrelating with discrimination around access to land, property and markets as well as access to education, employment, healthcare and political participation. A natural entry point for addressing the discrimination is the identification of international legal instruments such as the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women and how they may apply to rural women.

  • Gender: A key dimension linking agricultural programs to improved nutrition and health

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    Sunday 1 January 2012
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    Empirical evidence shows that increasing women’s control over land, physical assets, and financial assets serves to raise agricultural productivity, improve child health and nutrition, and increase expenditures on education, as women are more likely than men to spend income on food, healthcare and the education of their children.

  • Linking Rio +20, Cairo +20 and MDGs +15 from South Feminist Perspectives – DAWN panel at the People’s Summit

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    Sunday 1 January 2012
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    This article outlines a panel session organised by Development Alternatives with Women of a New Era (DAWN) at the People’s Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The panel, moderated by Gita Sen, focused on looking beyond poverty to environmental and social justice and a development in which everyone can participate. Speakers included Alex Garrita from Mexico, who drew parallels between Rio +20 and the UN Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, alerting the audience to the push to control women’s fertility.

  • Briefing note on the 1st Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference: 20-21 August 2013

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    Sunday 25 August 2013
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    The First Africa Food Security & Adaptation Conference: Harnessing Ecosystem-based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa was held from 20-21 August 2013 at the UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), other UN agencies, governments and other stakeholders, the conference explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa.

  • 'The Clean Development Mechanism’, Briefs on Gender and Climate Funds

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    Sunday 1 January 2012
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    The CDM, established by the Kyoto Protocol, has been highly effective in identifying and funding cost-effective opportunities to reduce emissions. However, it has been widely criticised for prioritising emissions reductions over sustainable development. This brief explores ways of ensuring that CDM initiatives contribute to local development and enhance opportunities for projects to meet local women’s and men’s needs. There are a number of suggestions, including:

  • ‘Climate Investment Funds’, Briefs on Gender and Climate Funds

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    Thursday 1 January 2009
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    According to this brief, the current pledge to invest 80 per cent of Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) in male-dominated formal-economy work sectors, energy and transportation may perpetuate existing gender imbalances in climate change funding. For CIFs to have a positive impact on gender issues, this document recommends that urgent action be taken while these funds are in their early stages. Comparing the CIFs’ two main components – the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – the brief notes that the SCF offers more in prioritising the needs of poorer people.

  • ‘Adaptation Fund’, Briefs on Gender and Climate Funds

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    Thursday 1 January 2009
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    This brief recognises that the equal involvement of women and men in all levels of adaptation planning efforts is needed to ensure that policy, programmes and projects address socially and culturally specific climate change impacts. The brief calls for raising awareness of the Adaptation Fund, particularly among national women’s machineries. The Fund’s governance and financing instruments provide entry points for developing countries to play the leading roles.

  • ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation’, Briefs on Gender and Climate Funds

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    Thursday 1 January 2009
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    Women often play critical roles in forest management, and their unique knowledge and skills can help REDD mechanisms and projects become more effective, equitable and sustainable. At the time this brief was written, the international mechanisms for REDD were being negotiated. The brief emphasises the need to consider the gendered impacts of REDD’s financial resource structures, and the ways in which financing is allocated, managed and delivered. It argues that these processes hold new possibilities to engage and reward women for their forest stewardship.

  • Doubling the Damage: World Bank Climate Investment Funds Undermine Climate and Gender Justice

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    Thursday 1 January 2009
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    Possible damage could arise from the CIFs. Specifically, this report points to the overall lack of gender perspectives in the funding, planning and implementation of similar World Bank projects to date. The paper draws attention to the disproportionate impact of climate change on poor people, and particularly women. It is critical of the lack of effort to involve women in consultations and policy processes that have resulted in initiatives such as the CIFs.

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