Achieving gender equality through response to climate change: Case studies from local action to global policy

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Women’s empowerment and gender equality are essential for sustainable development, as they are critical to all three of its dimensions: economic development, environmental protection and social equity. The centrality of gender equality and women’s participation for truly sustainable solutions has been recognized in agreements adopted at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and at the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (UN CBD), among others.This paper presents specific examples of the work of members of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), showcasing their diverse expertise and practical experience, and highlighting lessons learned in developing and implementing gender-responsive climate policy and practice at all levels. These examples are drawn from experiences involving expanding access to and control over renewable energy; mainstreaming gender in national energy programmes; capacity building on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+); advocating for gender equality in forest and land tenure issues; conveying human stories behind the statistics to policymakers; establishing a community resilience fund to integrate grassroots women in the fight against climate change; and promoting gender balance in international climate finance mechanisms.This work contributes to empowerment of women and greater gender equality in decision-making, access to and control over resources, health conditions, education, and allocation of climate financing, complementing efforts targeting structural inequalities more broadly.