Apr 292010

Here are some resources on Gender and the environment, along with our short summaries. If you have any additions, just email us genderp@yorku.ca

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  • Resource Kits/Manuals
  • Videos
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Ladakh looks to tradition for solutions to climate pressures
By Freny Manecksha
Dolma and fellow members of the Women’s Alliance of Ladakh have been actively campaigning to retain the region’s traditional dry toilet as part of a wider effort to use ancient adaptations – and a few newer ones – to help this desert region cope with climate change.

Tajikistan: On the frontlines of climate change
Jennifer Abrahamson reports for Oxfam from southern Tajikistan on the erratic weather patterns that have devastated an agricultural industry relied upon by some of Central Asia’s poorest farmers.

PERU: Women Combine Invention, Tradition to Improve Rural Diets
By Milagros Salazar
Article describe some of the ways in which women deal with the effect of climate change on food supply.

Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change
Women form a disproportionately large share of the poor in countries all over the world. Women in rural areas in developing countries are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood, because of their responsibility to secure water, food and energy for cooking and heating. The effects of climate change, including drought, uncertain rainfall and deforestation, make it harder to secure these resources.

Gender and Climate Change: Identifying Connections
By Rochelle Jones
In this short article, AWID makes a review of a recent study (BRIDGE) that explores the relationship between climate change and gender. Document in Spanish.

What are the impacts of climate change on women?
By Masum Momaya
Contemporary analysis on climate change tend to ignore gender issues. The article argues that it is in fact women who are most affected by this phenomenon since it is generally women  who have to deal with productive and reproductive roles within families and communities. Women are most affected by changes related to water, soil, food and diseases.  Document in Spanish.


In Search of Climate Justice: Refuting Dubious Linkages, Affirming Rights
The climate change (CC) crisis offers one of the biggest challenges of our time, with women, particularly the poorest and most marginalised among them, shouldering a disproportionate burden of its effects. Yet, the global need for adaptation and mitigation does provide opportunities for feminists and women’s rights advocacy groups to ensure that solutions invest in achieving gender equality and equity, to truly create equitable and just action plans to curb climate change. It also provides an opportunity to position women as change makers.

Adivasi Women – Engaging with Climate Change
Author/Editor(s): Govind Kelkar
Adivasi Women — Engaging with Climate Change aims to decipher the gendered impact of climate change in indigenous societies in Asia with a particular focus on the Adivasi ethnic and tribal group of India. It also intends to increase understanding of how these impacts are exacerbated by structural shifts in Advasi socio-economic systems resulting from their colonial history, more recent efforts at privatization and gendered roles within the Adivasi communities. In conclusion, the study offers policy recommendations to enhance women’s resiliency to these impacts.

State of world population 2009, Facing a changing world: women, population and climate
How do population dynamics affect greenhouse gases and climate change? Will urbanization and an ageing population help or hinder efforts to adapt to a warming world? And could better reproductive health care and improved relations between women and men make a difference in the fight against climate change? Find the answers in the State of World Population 2009.

Reclaiming Rights and Resources: Women, Poverty and Environment
“The report looks at case studies from Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, and highlights CARE projects that have been working to address specific environmental problems. These projects cover a wide range of activities, including training in improved farming methods and prevention of deforestation and soil erosion; management of communal rangelands; community awareness programmes around forest stakeholders’ rights; women’s land rights interventions; community mobilisation to prevent large commercial company takeovers of land; and preserving water supplies.”

Multiple Documents on Gender and Water
By Members of the Interagency Task Force on Gender and Water (GWTF)

Resource Kits/Manuals

Training Manual on Gender and Climate Change
UICN-0RMA, 2009
For many years there has been the assumption that the negative impacts of climate change and the efforts to mitigate them have similar effects on both women and men. However, the world has progressively recognized that women and men experience climate change differently, and that gender inequalities worsen women’s coping capacity. It has also been acknowledged that women are important actors of change and holders of significant knowledge and skills related to mitigation, adaptation, and the reduction of risks in the face of climate change, making them crucial agents in this area. Consequently, there is an urgent need to adopt a gender-responsive approach towards climate change policy making and programming.

Climate Change Connections
“One of the most urgent issues of our time, climate change is already impacting populations and ecosystems around the globe, threatening to set back development efforts by decades. But the impacts are not being felt equally.”  UNFPA and WEDO have developed a comprehensive resource kit on gender, population and climate change. Learn how gender equality can reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts and how women are uniquely positioned to help curb the harmful consequences of a changing climate.

Resource guide on gender and climate change
How can measures regarding climate change be implemented in a rural community where men have migrated and women do not own the land? How can responses to climate change in the areas of water, agriculture, and forest be generated if women do  not participate in decision-making processes? Why have measures approved twenty eight years ago regarding the discrimination of women have not been taken into account to deal with issues of gender and climate change? This guide answers these and other questions. Document in Spanish.

Resource guide on gender and climate change
Published by: United Nations Development Programme
Climate change is the defining human development issue of our generation. The 2007 Human Development report acknowledges that climate change threatens to erode human freedoms and limit choice and the report further underscores that gender inequality intersects with climate risks and vulnerabilities. Poor women’s limited access to resources, restricted rights, limited mobility and muted voice in shaping decisions make them highly vulnerable to climate change. The nature of that vulnerability varies widely, cautioning against generalization but climate change will magnify existing patterns of inequality, including gender inequality.


Video: “Women raise their voices against tree plantations”
Testimonies from Brazil, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea
By the World Rainforest Movement and Forest and Biodiversity Program of Friends of the Earth International
Produced by: World Rainforest Movement – March 2009
Screenplay: Flavio Pazos
Script: WRM International Secretariat Team
Voices: Cecilia Carrère, Ana Filippini, Raquel Nuñez, Teresa Perez

Video: Women’s Voices on Climate Change
By Gender CC-Women for Climate Justice

How do women from around perceive and experience climate change? How are they reacting, what are they doing to cope with the challenges? Representatives of the global network ‘GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice’ attended the United Nations Climate Conference (UNFCCC COP14) in Poznan in December 2008. The podcasts were taken by Jacqueline van Meygaarden, South African film maker

Claudia Gimena Roa, Colombia

Annabell Waititu, Kenya

Anastasia Pinto, India

Dorah Lebelo, South Africa

Rosemary Enie, Cameroon/Ghana

Links on Gender and the Environment

Committee on Women, Population, and the Environment

Energia, International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy

Gender cc-women for climate justice

Women’s Environment & Development Organization

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