The Kingdom of Jordan is an upper middle income and developing country. Highly urbanized, over 70 percent of Jordan’s population live in towns and cities, making the local population highly dependent on energy. Jordan furthermore also ranks amongst the ten most water-poor countries in the world, with dire consequences to agriculture, food security and sustainable livelihoods. Being both highly urbanized and extremely water scarce, the Kingdom also faces an additional challenge – waste reduction and management.
Climate change will affect all countries in all parts of the world, but the impacts of climate change will be differently distributed amongst regions, generations, age classes, income groups, occupations and genders. The poor, the majority of whom are women living in developing countries, will be most disproportionately negatively affected. Because climate change affects women and men differently, a gender perspective – firmly rooted in the principle of gender equality – is essential when considering policy development, decisionmaking, and in the development and implementation of strategies concerning mitigation and adaptation.
The overall objective of Jordan’s climate change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP) is to ensure that national climate change efforts mainstream gender considerations so that women and men can have access to, participate in, contribute to and hence optimally benefit from climate change initiatives, programs, policies, and funds. Jordan was the first country globally to develop a gender and climate change strategy; this fact-sheet explains the priority areas of this plan.
This fact-sheet highlights the goals of Egypt’s climate change gender action plan which include mainstreaming gender considerations into national climate change initiatives and policies. Egypt’s priority areas are coastal management, agriculture, water, tourism, health, energy, transport, urbanization, and waste management.