At COP20, parties adopted the Lima Work Programme on Gender to advance implementation of existing gender mandates across all areas of the climate negotiations. This HBF-WEDO submission proposes how an in-session workshop during the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (June 2015) could advance gender-responsive mitigation action and technology development.


Locals, Uros Floating Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru, South America

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.

Woman in paddy field.

The Board of the Green Climate Fund, meeting in Bali, Indonesia from February 19-21 for the sixth time, will discuss an options paper presented by the Secretariat on what a gender-sensitive approach for the climate instrument will mean. 

UN Climate Change Conference opening, 26 November 2012

At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Doha, a decision was made urging Parties to promote gender balance in bodies established under the international climate regime.


A Caring Approach to Sustainable Development includes adressing the social costs of "green development"

The green economy concept pays scant or no attention to the interconnected crises in the market economy and the care economy, negatively affecting women all over the world in disproportionate numbers. 

Woman irrigarating

Providing adequate financing resources for gender equality through more democratic, participatory and gender-responsive budget processes and financing mechanisms is key for sustainable development.  

Women show their agricultural products

Women-led climate initiatives often fail to fit comfortably within the existing conceptual approaches to climate action, making it hard for grassroots women’s adaptation work to be sufficiently funded.  


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. 


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.

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National Council of Women of Kenya protesting against land grabbing by "developers"

As the case of biofuel shows, in the pursuit of the green economy, rural women have already faced eviction or exclusion from land grabbed for powerful green agendas that are not their own. 


While more investment in women in agriculture is needed, we should be cautious about “cutting and pasting” women into a growth model for agriculture that has increased inequality, poverty and hunger. 

Currently, it is at the intersection of poverty and water that gender issues have become most visible in development discourses.

A focus on women and water could provide inspiration for broader changes. Currently, it is at the intersection of poverty and water that gender issues have become most visible in development discourses. 


Energy access is particularly important for women in developing countries, due to their traditional roles and the time spent in collecting firewood, dung, crop wastes or other biomass to burn as fuel. 


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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