As the world is increasingly recognizing the urgency of building resilient food systems, it is paramount to ensure that food system transition happens in a just and fair manner that includes everyone. This requires a holistic multi-actor approach globally, regionally, nationally, and locally, targeting not only policy and technological interventions but also changes in attitudes and sociocultural systems.
Climate change renders women disproportionately vulnerable to its impacts as a result of persisting gender norms and discrimination. This is evidenced in terms of the impacts of climate change affecting scarcity of water, food security, disaster situations and fuel shortage, thereby having a drastic impact on women’s human rights as well as on gender equality. Moreover, the notion of women’s rights and equality is affected by the processes that seek solutions to address climate change. The manner in which the climate response processes are formulated in terms of inclusion and participation of women, as well the manner in which they are implemented on the ground-level will determine the iteration of women’s rights while also ensuring that the solutions themselves are holistic.
On the 14th of November, the first ever Gender Action Plan to the UNFCCC was adopted by Parties at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), making COP23 a landmark year in terms of gender-related mandates under the UNFCCC processes.
The ongoing 23rd Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) marks two years since the signing of the Paris Agreement (PA). While the call for accelerated action on climate change and the commitments to the PA have been gaining attention, COP23 is also an important landmark year in terms several other processes, including gender.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) one of the main financial mechanisms which responds to climate change actions launched its first gender guide to climate finance on the 29th of August, under the title; “Mainstreaming Gender in Green Climate Fund Projects”. The manual underscores the centrality of gender equality and provides guidance on how to include women, girls, men and boys from discriminated vulnerable communities into all aspects of climate finance. The manual is seen as the logical progression of GCF’s operations since its inception by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2010.