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.
Two years after the UN Climate Change Conference that resulted in the historic Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron invited international leaders and committed citizens back to the city. At the One Planet Summit on December 12th, they addressed the urgency of taking collective action against climate change and the means of financing this action.
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.