The report aims to provide a better understanding for policy makers in Asia about what focusing on human rights and gender equality in the context of climate change entails in practice. By synthesising evidence from literature across 10 different sectors (agriculture and forestry, fisheries, mining, construction, energy, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, tourism, education and health) and exploring case studies from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam, the report summarizes the key findings and offers policy recommendations.
It begins by providing an overview of international frameworks and mechanisms addressing the linkages between human rights, gender equality and climate change, then addresses three research questions:
- What are the gendered and human rights implications of climate change on key livelihood sectors, and how are climate policies addressing or overlooking these issues?
- Are there examples of best practices and lessons learned on how to integrate human rights and gender equality in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts within livelihood sectors?
- How can climate policies and policy making processes better integrate gender-transformative and human rights-based approaches, to address underlying power imbalances and inequalities that lead to vulnerability and marginalization?