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Gender and Climate Change

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Bridget Burns, Director, Women’s Environment and Development Organization. Presented at the WRI seminar Implementing Equality: Delivering Gender-Equitable Climate Commitments. Learn more: https://www.wri.org/events/2018/11/implementing-equality-delivering-gender-equitable-climate

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Gender and Climate Change

  1. 1. Gender & Climate Change BRIDGET BURNS, THE WOMEN’S ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIO N (WEDO)
  2. 2. WEDO A global women’s advocacy organization for a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality, and the integrity of the environment.
  3. 3. Our Work Goal 1: Women are empowered to claim their rights as decision-makers, advocates and leaders, especially on issues related to environment and sustainable development.
  4. 4. Our Work Goal 2: Sustainable development policies, plans and practices are gender-responsive, environmentally and socially-just, and effectively implemented.
  5. 5. Society, Science & Policy
  6. 6. Strategies Generate intersectional knowledge: • GGCA ‘Evidence-Base’ on Gender & Climate Change • IPCC Gender Data Report EXAMPLE IPCC: The contrast in precipitation between wet and dry regions and between wet and dry seasons will increase [1]. Gender: When water is not available on the premises, women are more often responsible for water collection than men. Gender Responsive Action to address changes in rain patterns and water availability Develop infrastructure for water supply in urban, peri- urban, and rural areas that recognizes and addresses the needs of women, such as technology for harvesting rainwater and collecting and recycling household water. The government of Nepal is committed to build the capacity of women to provide technical and maintenance support and to monitor and control water quality. EXAMPLE • As of 2010, only 15% of land in sub-Saharan Africa is managed by women. Rates are generally worse in Asia—only 13% of landholders in India are women, dropping to 11% in the Philippines and 9% in Indonesia. • In Burkina Faso, rainfall variability is significantly associated with migration, particularly for men, who are likely to move from areas with poor rainfall to other rural areas that are wetter.
  7. 7. Strategies Learn the language of the processes, speak it, transform it! • Women Delegates Fund • Women and Gender Constituency Trainings • Parliamentarians, UN agencies, women’s orgs
  8. 8. Strategies INFLUENCE • Track, Monitor • Speak Truth to Power
  9. 9. Needs Moving to Implementation • Contextualized sex and gender data and analysis; • Intersectional capacity building and training; • Integrated human rights based approach; • Practical training on project development related to climate finance; • Enhanced pathways for engagement for women’s groups, gender experts and national gender machineries; • Investment in feminist movements.
  10. 10. Thank You.www.wedo.org 9 East 37th Street 5th Floor New York, NY 10016 www.facebook.com/WEDOWorldwide www.twitter.com/wedoworldwide

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