Women’s and Climate Change, it’s possible?
Published 08th December 2010 - 0 comments - 940 views -
For the Goal Climate Fund, to be responsive to the needs of womens and communities, gender must be integrated in all aspects of financing, from the management and operations of the Fund to the selection criteria of the projects to the monitoring of these projects, asserts Nina Somera, a member of GenderCC – Women for Climate Change.
GenderCC, sets out a few criteria on the allocation for the Fund. Drawing from previous studies wich show gender differences over the preference for the public infrastructure and energy sourcesand consumption, the group recommends that money be allocated for public infrastructure such as water, transport and not highly sophisticated but risky technologies such as nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage.
One example of a gender – sensitive project, that strengthens women’s role in addressing climate change is: “Gender in Adpatation and Low-Carbon Development”. This GenderCC project, aims at enabling women’s participation in adaptation and low carbon development in Bangladesh and the Pacific.
The project will enable women to enjoy alternative livelihood programs in order to maintain family welfare, despite being victims of climate change, Sharmind Neelormi explained. The project targets the poor women from vulnerable communities, including cities as well.
For the Fund, the group suggests a direct access modality that can enable women and community organizations in availing the Fund, especially in contexts where governments are proven to be repressive and unresponsive.
GenderCC shares the positions of progressive civil society organizations that the Fund be new, additional, public, grant – based, non – carbon offsets – based, adequate, automatically replenishable and predicable ad that multilateral development banks such as the World Bank be outside the governance of the Fund.
GenderCC – Womens for Climate Justice is an international network of women organizations, gender experts abs activists who are advocating gender equality and women’s empowerment in the discourse of climate change.
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