BRIDGE: climate change and gender

Many readers of Genderaquafish are interested in or already working on climate change projects in aquaculture and fisheries. Therefore, we especially thank Cornelie Quist for alerting us to the rich set of resources on gender and climate change that were recently released in BRIDGE Update,
Issue No. 92, June 2012
https://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/bridge-publications/cutting-edge-packs/gender-and-climate-change

In the BRIDGE Update Issue, you will find the following, and, below, the links to the resources in English, French and some in Spanish:

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I. BRIDGE updates: recent activities and publications on gender and climate change
a. BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change
b. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) – Blog
c. Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) 56 – Blog
d. French contextualised version of the Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change

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I. BRIDGE updates: recent activities and publications on gender and climate change

a. BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change

Responses to climate change tend to focus on scientific and economic solutions rather than addressing the vitally significant human and gender dimensions. For climate change responses to be effective, thinking must move beyond these limited approaches to become people-focused, and focus on the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the struggle for gender equality. This Cutting Edge Pack advocates for a transformative approach in which:

* women and men have an equal voice in decision-making on climate change and broader governance processes;
* are given equal access to the resources necessary to respond to the negative effects of climate change;
* both women’s and men’s needs and knowledge are taken into account, and climate change policy making institutions and processes at all levels are not biased towards men or women;
* the broad social constraints that limit women’s access to strategic and practical resources no longer exist.

This Cutting Edge Pack hopes to inspire thinking and action. The Overview Report offers a comprehensive gendered analysis of climate change, which demystifies many of the complexities in this area and suggests recommendations for researchers, NGOSs and donors as well as policymakers at national and international level. The Supporting Resources Collection (SRC) provides summaries of key texts, conceptual papers, tools, case studies and contacts of organisations in this field, whilst a Gender and Development In Brief newsletter contains three articles including two case studies outlining innovative local led solutions.

Overview Report https://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/bridge-publications/cutting-edge-packs/gender-and-climate-change

Supporting Resources Collection https://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/bridge-publications/cutting-edge-packs/gender-and-climate-change

In Brief (English) https://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/bridge-publications/cutting-edge-packs/gender-and-climate-change

En Breve (Spanish) https://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/bridge-publications/cutting-edge-packs/gender-and-climate-change

En Bref (French) https://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/bridge-publications/cutting-edge-packs/gender-and-climate-change

b. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) – Blog

BRIDGE attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) in Durban in December, where we co-hosted a side event with gender cc (http://www.gendercc.net/) entitled How to move beyond ‘gender washing’, learning from successes and mistakes. Speakers included Claudia Gimena Roa from FUNDAEXPRESION, an organisation featured in the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack. The event was very well received, with participants particularly interested in the gender-aware climate change adaptation at local level. We also launched the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack, which proved extremely popular with both male and female participants from civil society as well as official backgrounds. It was heartening to see how many participants were keen to incorporate a gender-aware approach into their climate change thinking.

c. Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) 56 – Blog

BRIDGE also attended the Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) Session 56 in February/ March, where we continued to promote the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack, holding a side event with the Community Awareness Centre co-ordinator, Reetu Sogani. During the side event, Reetu demonstrated how participatory processes have empowered local women in the area to utilise their expertise and manage natural resources – resulting in dramatic improvements in their and their families lives. Her illuminating account spoke to so many pertinent issues that Reetu was invited to talk about her work on UN Radio.

d. French contextualised version of the Cutting Edge Pack (Kit Actu) on Gender and Climate Change

Work on gender and climate change in Francophone Africa is at an embryonic stage, but very interesting examples of good practice are starting to emerge. This is a lesson learnt through the creation of the French version of our Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack – a result of the collaboration between BRIDGE, the Genre en Action network  (http://www.genreenaction.net/) and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Far from being just a translation of the English pack, this French version integrates information and case studies on gender and climate change policies and practices in Francophone countries, and includes descriptions of their different political, social, economic and environmental contexts.

For this project a questionnaire was sent to organisations and networks in France, Canada and several Francophone developing countries. On the basis of the responses from the questionnaires and further research, Joelle Palmieri of Genre en Action has been writing up some examples of good practice and case studies that are specific to the Francophone context. Countries such as Senegal, Benin, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo and Canada are featured particularly in the Supporting Resources Collection (Boîte à Outils).

 

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