Adaptation Community Meeting: Promoting Gender-Responsive Adaptation to Climate Change
Promoting gender-responsive adaptation to climate change
This webinar was held on 17 May, 2018.
Climate change affects women and men differently, often exacerbating existing inequalities. Women and men have distinct capacities to cope with the impacts of climate change, as well as to build resilience for themselves, their families and communities. Effective adaptation requires recognizing women as agents of change, and the value of diverse knowledge, experiences and capacities of women and men alike.
At the May Adaptation Community Meeting, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Gender Office presented on its experience developing and implementing innovative, participatory methodologies to promote gender-responsive adaptation and resilience across sectors. The presentation highlights IUCN’s work under the USAID-funded Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) program, an aspect of which identifies areas where gender inequality, climate vulnerability, and state fragility overlap to form “hotspots” of concern, particularly for the safety and security of women and girls living in these areas. The presentation highlights preliminary findings, trends and recommendations for reducing negative impacts from this combination of vulnerabilities, as well as preview the report and mapping that will launch later this year.
Additionally, IUCN will discuss its work facilitating the development of Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs) – frameworks which help governments and stakeholders unite their commitment to climate action with commitment to advancing gender equality. In several dozen countries, ccGAPs are driving gender-responsive adaptation across sectors, putting women’s innovative approaches in spotlight.
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Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) is a ten-year Public International Organization (PIO) grant to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that was established in 2014 and is managed by the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment’s (E3) Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The purpose of the grant is to increase the effectiveness of USAID’s environment programing through the robust integration of gender considerations, improving gender equality and women’s empowerment outcomes in a broad range of environmental sectors.
AGENT provides an array of support for national, regional and global environmental activities to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality. AGENT’s support is designed to complement existing or emerging USAID environmental efforts. AGENT broadens the reach of technical support, builds evidence for gender integration throughout environmental sectors, fills critical information gaps, and develops targeted resources and tools that can be directly applied in Agency programs, training and communications.
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