Desertification, Gender, Water

Women and Water access in Desert Areas

This article is written by Costanza Burstin.

In desert areas, droughts and environmental degradations often drastically affect water access. This issue, especially in rural villages, has direct repercussions on women lives. Why so?

Today, nearly two third of the world’s population lives in water scarce territories. Because of global warming, the increase of temperatures and the expansion of dry areas, more and more people have to experience issues related to the lack of safe and reliable water supply. Many rural areas around the world do not have access to running water within their houses still. In such contexts, the roles related to water collection and management often change according to gender identity. In natural resources-dependent areas women are indeed often responsible for water administration in the household[1].

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Civil Society, Climate Action, Gender, Youth Empowerment

Gender and Youth on the political agenda for Climate Empowerment

This article is written by Mathilde Thonon.

Bonn, May 2018, the 6th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) unfolds in a packed auditorium. National delegates and members from the civil society are joining forces to shape the outcome of a 3-hours workshop.

Hold on a minute, what is that odd acronym that seemingly invigorates the participants of this 48th UNFCCC intersession? The term ACE dates back to the COP21 to refer, more intelligibly, to the Convention Article 6 crafted in Rio in 1992.

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Gender

Gender perspective of the handicraft sector in Madagascar

The case of the palm species Bismarckia Nobilis Hildebr. & H.Wendl.

This article is written by Mouna Chambon.

Investigating the nexus between gender and biodiversity requires to explore the influence of gender roles on the use, management and conservation of biodiversity. Differences in terms of labour responsibilities, decision-making power, and knowledge have implications on how women and men use and manage the natural resources of their surrounding environment.

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Gender

Women facing climate change in Vanuatu

 This article is written by Mouna Chambon.

Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands, located in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Today climate change is the greatest challenge faced by Vanuatu as well as many other Small Island Developing States ( SIDs). According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) forecasts, temperatures will increase by 1.2 ° C by 2040 compared to 1995 levels[1].

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Gender

Women: the invisible rural heroes under climate pressure

This article is written by Mathilde Thonon.

If I ask you to close your eyes and visualize a farmer, a pitchfork with a straw hat may come to your mind to adorn the picture of a tanned-looking man. In most people’s subconscious, a farmer is male not female. However, in many parts of the developing world, women are the backbone of agricultural labor. In some African and South Asian countries, they represent up to 60% of the active population engaged in agriculture.

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Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Gender

Mind the GAP: how gender is slowly imposing itself on climate negotiations’ radar

This article is written by Alexandra Lutz
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If you were at COP23, you might have been lucky enough to witness an aerobic session where participants stepped their way to true gender equality within the climate framework.

That’s right, aerobic folks.

This was one of the Women and Gender Constituency’s (WGC) actions to raise awareness on the need for a strong Gender Action Plan (GAP).

Moving on from what an amazing acronym this is, the GAP was formally adopted by the Parties on November 14th, clearing the path for a true integration of gender in climate policies. And this is a great victory.

But why do we need to integrate gender within climate talks in the first place? And is the GAP really going to change the status quo?

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Climate Talks, Gender, Paris Agreement

From including gender equity into the Paris rulebook to creating the gender machine in the UNFCCC

This article is written by Mouna Chambon.

On the 8th of May 2017, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Espinosa, was appointed Gender International Champion and affirmed her commitment to advance gender equality within the UNFCCC secretariat. “The full and direct involvement of women increases the array of solutions to climate change” she said.

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Climate Talks, COP22 - Marrakech, Gender

COP22: Securing equal rights for women on paper is not enough

This article is written by Bindu Bhandari.
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As smallholder farmers in many parts of the world, women play a crucial role in food production to feed a 7.4 billion people’s world. In its recent ‘State of Food and Agriculture’ (SOFA 2016), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlights that most of the world’s poor and hungry are located in rural areas who rely on agriculture for their living.

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Climate Talks, CliMates, COP21 - Paris, Gender, Youth Empowerment

Gender Equity and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Negotiation Process

This article is written by Bindu Bhandari.

It’s the 10th of December today, United Nations Human Rights Day; a day to celebrate the ongoing work on achieving inclusive and integrated approach for recognition of minimal essential rights to living a life of dignity by each and every human. While the second of week of the climate talks Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21) is ongoing, the atmosphere in Le Bourget (COP 21 venue) feels warm and jubilant despite the chilling cold of December. And why not? After all, it’s the second week, the week of high hopes and aspiration for a climate agreement that safeguards our rights and ensures of upcoming generation as well to live as the current generation does.

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