IUCN Global Gender Office works extensively at the intersection of climate change and gender concerns. Because climate change and gender are both cross-cutting themes, they overlap within various sectors, including energy, water, cities, adaptation, mitigation, and finance. IUCN GGO explores these themes in Roots for the Future: The landscape and way forward on climate change.
Roots for the Future
Over the last decade, tremendous progress has been made by the global community in recognizing the differentiated causes and impacts of climate change and considering proactive, effective, inclusive, gender-responsive solutions. IUCN Global Gender Office, under the auspices of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), and in collaboration with a wide range of authors and reviewers, including members and allies of the GGCA recently published Roots for the Future: the Landscape and Way Forward on Gender and Climate Change, which presents the latest research, data, strategies, and results on gender and climate change policymaking and programming.
Governments’ National Gender and Climate Action Plans
Gender Action Plans have become particularly useful to governments seeking to ensure their national climate change strategies and programmes are gender-responsive and harmonious across sectors. GGO has supported many governments through processes to create Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs). The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making summarizes the ccGAP process and spotlights countries’ sector-specific activities.
The Climate Change Gender Action Plans are nationally recognized strategies with a unique methodology for training and building the capacity of women and women’s organizations on the linkages between gender and climate change. This is done through a series of workshop trainings with local women identified as leaders in their communities, and also with women’s advocacy organizations that support their rights and development, not only in the environmental sector but across sectors to increase their knowledge on these issues.
Around the world, ccGAPs are beginning to reveal the transformative potential of gender equality: in Mozambique, the ccGAP was the catalyst for the inclusion of gender equality measures in the development of the country’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience under the Climate Investment Funds; in Jordan, the ccGAP inspired the government to declare gender equality as a national priority in the country’s response to climate change and pledged to make gender a primary consideration in the country’s third National Communication to the UNFCCC, as well as created a permanent seat for women groups at the national climate change decision body; at the regional level, the League of Arab States and the Central America Integration System (SICA) have incorporated a gender approach in their climate change planning for the first time.