The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice published the policy brief Women’s Participation – An Enabler of Climate Justice on 1st December. Mary Robinson endorsed the #womenclimatejustice Call campaign at UNFCCC COP21 on 1st December.
The policy brief demonstrates the positive impacts of women’s participation on the design, planning and implementation of climate policy.
Key recommendations from the policy brief are:
1. Increase the participation of women in climate actions at all levels
2. Understand the context in relation to women’s ability to participate
3. Shift the emphasis from women’s representation to meaningful participation in climate actions
4. Invest in training and capacity building to enable meaningful participation
5. Document the good work that is going on to enable women’s participation.
The publication contains three cases studies from El Salvador, Chile and Vietnam which look at how enabling women’s participation in climate decision making results in better outcomes both for gender equality and climate policy:
* In El Salvador, Julia Antonia Menjiva has engaged in effective adaptation action in her community and municipality, and is now helping to shape a gender responsive national climate change plan
* In Chile, Celia Reyes demonstrates how women’s participation in a local neighbourhood organisation can bring about robust adaptation and mitigation action that responds to the needs of all in the community
* In Vietnam, an assessment of the gender dimension of REDD+ finds that the value of incorporating a gender analysis into the design of mitigation action is diminished without also enabling the meaningful participation of women.
This policy brief demonstrates the positive impacts of women’s participation on the design, planning and implementation of climate policy and in doing so highlights the benefits of supporting women’s participation in the development of gender-responsive climate action. It includes cases studies from El Salvador, Chile and Vietnam, looking at enabling women’s participation in climate decision and making results in better outcomes both for gender equality and climate policy. The policy brief was published 1st December 2015.