Climate change has already affected all continents, impacting people, livelihoods, food security and
ecosystems. The adverse impacts of climate change do not discriminate between men and women but women are
more vulnerable. The majority of the world’s poor are women who generally face higher risks and burdens
in the face of climate change.
At the same time, women play a crucial role in responding and adapting to the impacts of climate change and
in building resilience in their countries and communities. Participation of women in decision making at all
levels has led to improved outcomes in climate related policies and projects. Policy and project formulation
and implementation without women’s meaningful participation can increase existing inequalities and
decrease the effectiveness of adaptation.
The UNFCCC process and its Paris Agreement highlight the importance of the development and implementation of
national climate policies that are gender-responsive and gender-sensitive. An increasing number of climate
change adaptation projects and programmes demonstrate this approach in action.
Gender and climate change
- Nairobi work programme synopsis paper on gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation to climate
change: overview, available tools, good practices and lessons learned: Download
- Least Developed Countries Expert Group paper on strengthening gender considerations in adaptation
planning and implementation in the least developed countries: Download
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