Kaarinah Luvongo overlooks the turbines at the Ngong Wind Power Station in Ngong, Kenya.

Gender and Social Inclusion

Climate change exacerbates existing inequalities and increases the vulnerability of women and other marginalized and underrepresented populations to gender-based violence, disempowerment, poverty, food insecurity, and more. Gender equitable and inclusive climate programming improves adaptation, mitigation, and resilience results while also reducing gender inequality and elevating women as climate leaders. To achieve USAID’s ambitious goals, climate and development programs must take a rights-based, gender-responsive, and socially inclusive approach. USAID’s Climate Strategy accounts for the unique knowledge, skills, and networks that make women and girls critical stakeholders in designing and implementing climate solutions. USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy elevates women’s leadership in climate action as a key objective and includes specific recommendations for integrating gender equality into climate-related sectors. USAID works with women and girls, as well as youth, Indigenous Peoples, and other marginalized and underrepresented groups, to identify and implement climate actions, ensuring climate solutions do not exacerbate inequalities or lead to unintended consequences in the process.

Gender Analysis for the USAID Climate Strategy 2022-2030
Gender Equality and Climate Finance Technical Brief
Gender, Resilience, and Food Systems
Indigenous Peoples Guidance
Through Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria, USAID is improving individual, family, and community nutrition and changing health norms.
In Honduras, USAID seeks to promote renewable energy and environmental conservation and strengthen marginalized groups' participation in local and national governance.
structure with roof jutting out over river
Climate change impacts differ across genders; so should approaches to climate finance.  
Five women sitting in half circle on ground looking at plans

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