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Gender relations and women’s vulnerability to climate change

Source(s):  Heinrich Böll Foundation

Contribution from an adaptation policy in the state of Tabasco toward greater gender equality, the reconstruction and reactivation program to transform Tabasco:

This study analyzes if and how an adaptation measure involving a relocation program that gives titles to new public housing to women implemented in response to severe flooding in the Mexican state of Tabasco in 2007, has contributed to modifying gender relations and strengthening gender equality. It states that while adaptation includes the reduction of risks from disasters associated with climate change, it goes beyond this: in order to be effective, the adaptation measures carried out must be focused on reducing the vulnerabilities of individuals or population groups, including their economic, social, geographic and political marginalisation.

The study is focusing on three strategic gender impacts of this program, focusing on the assumptation that women’s control over housing may: a) expand their access to economic resources through the establishment of businesses and access to credit; b) contribute to more equal decision-making and diminished control by men over women at the household level; and c) serve as a tool for reducing the level of intra-family domestic violence.

  • Gender relations and women’s vulnerability to climate change
  • Publication date 2012
  • Author(s) Jungehülsing, Jenny
  • Number of pages 50 p.

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