Mainstreaming gender in climate action in the Arab region - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


Mainstreaming gender in climate action in the Arab region

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2022/Policy brief.11

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Climate change, Gender equality

Initiatives: Women’s rights and gender mainstreaming, Climate Resilience through Regional Cooperation

SDGs: Agenda 2030, Goal 5: Gender Equality

Keywords: Gender equality, Climate, Climate change, Gender mainstreaming, Country programmes, Women

Mainstreaming gender in climate action in the Arab region

January 2023

As extreme weather events increase in severity and frequency worldwide, climate change is a daily occurrence with real life consequences. For women in the Arab region, water scarcity, food insecurity and conflict, coupled with environmental degradation, resource scarcity and forced migration, further complicate the struggle to survive and compound the risk for increased inequality and violence. However, while women in the region play an important role in climate change responses and increasing climate resilience, their participation remains underrepresented in global and regional climate negotiations, and their solutions are drastically under-resourced.

There are two ways to remedy this is at the policy level: to mainstream gender-based concerns through NAPs on climate change, and to mainstream climate concerns within gender equality frameworks.

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