Gender in Mitigation Actions
This USAID and partners brief explains the importance of addressing gender as part of climate mitigation initiatives.
Women, it notes, are among those disproportionately and adversely affected by climate change and are seldom included in decision-making to identify and implement solutions.
Governments, institutions and agencies have been slow to consider ways in which gender considerations can be well integrated in mitigation planning – but this trend may be improving.
The brief explains how important clean energy is for women, not only in terms of improving their basic access to energy but for addressing their economic, health and immediate survival needs. Their role in using energy is important and their participation in mitigation actions can bring positive change. This includes the design, production, servicing and marketing of clean energy technologies.
The brief also includes a gender assessment of countries’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). As of April 19, 2016 of the 162 Parties that submitted their documents, 40 percent explicitly mention “gender” or “women” in the context of their priorities and ambitions for reducing emissions.
And it examines gender in the context of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS).
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