Climate

Recent

Of Promise, Progress, Perils and Prioritization

The Board and Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund have made some progress in implementing the Fund's promise for a gender-sensitive approach to its funding. A stock-taking after the recent 7th GCF Board Meeting reveals that there are perils to the full operationalization of the Fund's gender mandate and that some provisions and decisions supporting gender in the GCF should be prioritized in the next few Board meetings.

Finance

Mobilizing Women’s “Power of the Purse” to Help Achieve Sustainable Consumption

Women control or influence 65 percent of global consumer spending, which amounts to $20 trillion annually. In most countries, women are in charge of household purchasing, which accounts for more than 60 percent of all consumption impacts, once the entire life cycle of manufacturing products and providing services is taken into account. With this in mind, strategies are needed to encourage women to direct their spending to support sustainable development. 

By Diane MacEachern

Gender and Climate Finance: Double Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development

Climate change is not gender-neutral. Suffering from gender-based vulnerabilities to climate change, women are more often victims of climate change than men; however, women also possess knowledge of and experiences in capacities to mitigate as well as strategies to cope and adapt, which makes them important “agents of change” in the fight against global warming.

By Liane Schalatek

Natural Resources

Climate

The relevance of climate change and its aftermath is growing day by day. However, women’s and men’s reality of life diverts in many aspects from each other. Therefore the ways in which they are affected by the changes as well as the strategies to adapt to them are different too. The fact that women suffer from poverty and are lacking access to land, property and education in a disproportionately high manner, makes it harder for them to cope with new challenges. Additionally, according to traditional role models, women are responsible for the food and water supply of the family. Caused by climate change their amount of work is rising.

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