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Gender and climate change cutting edge pack: overview report

Source(s):  Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

This report maps pathways for making climate change responses more gender aware and – potentially transformative, arguing that gender transformation should be both a potential end goal and an important condition of effective climate change responses and poverty reduction. The report provides inspiring examples of locally relevant, gender-aware innovations from diverse global regions and contexts.

Recommendations include:
- Take into account the multiple dimensions of gender inequality and women’s and men’s experiences of climate change on the ground, and invest in research to enable this.
- Move beyond simple assumptions about women’s vulnerability to highlight women’s agency in adapting to and mitigating climate change. This will involve integrating women’s valuable knowledge and practical experience into policymaking processes.
- Learn from people-focused, gender-transformative approaches at the local level and apply these lessons to national and international policy.
- Promote a rights-based approach to climate change and ensure that all future climate change policies and processes draw on human rights frameworks such as the - Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
- Find alternatives to market-based approaches where possible, but when they are used to address climate change mitigation, ensure they benefit women equally and do not exclude or further disadvantage women.
- Address the underlying causes of gender inequality, tackling issues such as unequal land rights through legislative reforms and awareness-raising, as well as through the implementation of CEDAW and other relevant frameworks.

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  • Gender and climate change cutting edge pack: overview report
  • Publication date 2011
  • Author(s) Skinner, E.
  • Number of pages 85 p.

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