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GENDER AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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Climate change has been highly recognized because of its greater impact on those sections of the population, worldwide, that depend on natural resources for their livelihoods and/or who have the least capacity to respond to natural shocks, such as erratic rainfall, droughts, landslides, and floods.

Women usually bear the brunt of the risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the worlds impoverished are women. Additionally, women’s unequal participation in decision-making processes and labour markets augment inequalities and often encumber women from fully participating and contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making, and implementation.

However, women can (and do) play a significant role in dealing with the impacts of climate change due to their local knowledge of and leadership in e.g. sustainable resource management and/or leading sustainable practices at the household and community level. Women’s participation at the political level has resulted in greater responsiveness to citizen’s needs, often increasing cooperation across party and ethnic lines and delivering more sustainable peace.

At the local level, women’s inclusion at the leadership level has lead to improved outcomes of climate related projects and policies. On the contrary, if policies or projects are implemented without women’s meaningful participation it can increase existing inequalities and decrease effectiveness (UNFCCC Gender and Climate Change, 2014)

Consequently, this page presents important issues: research findings, articles, writings and other information that indicates the need to consider gender and gender-responsive climate change policies and adaptation strategies in the context of a rapidly changing climate.

WOMEN AND GIRL’S EMPOWERMENT

I like to quote these two men among the number of quotes that indicate the importance of empowering women and girls:

“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women” [Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General]

Moreover, Dr. K. Aggrey also reiterates that “If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a women/ girl, you educate a nation”

Accordingly, I deem it imperative to  present my contribution to evince the need to empower [invest in ] women and girls with education (STEM), economically, good health service and other important social interventions, which will eventually lead to nation development. Other tenet issues will include how to prevent child marriage, and violence against women by engaging men and boys.

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