Adaptation & Vulnerability

Gender and Climate Change


Women and Climate Change



Christiana Figueres is Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She had been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team since 1995, involved in both UNFCC and Kyoto Protocol negotiations. She has contributed to the design of key climate change instruments. She won the Hero for the Planet award in 2001. Her website is HERE.

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HERE is Global Gender and Climate Alliance GGCA, resources HERE.  


The CSW is the UN Committee on the Status of Women.


Secretary's International Fund for Women and Girls: Climate Change

Gender and Climate Change

Investments to promote women’s role in combating climate change include:

  • Education and Technology Solutions: Providing education and training for women on adaptive farming techniques to respond to environmental change and enhance agricultural productivity, expanding use of energy-efficient technology such as solar cook stoves, and supporting successful NGO adaptation and mitigation strategies through additional funding and resources.

  • Capacity Building: Expanding women’s voices and leadership in the fight against climate change by providing grants to women-led adaptation and mitigation projects, highlighting women as change agents, with a special focus on the most vulnerable regions of the Pacific Islands, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.


HERE is the NGO/CSW subcommittee on Women and Climate at the UN.

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UU-UNO Panel: Women and Climate Change

The 2011 Intergenerational UU-UNO Spring Seminar Empower Women for a Better World (see HERE) had a panel on Women and Climate Change. The presentations were by Kim Lovell (Conservation Organizer, Global Population and Environment Program, Sierra Club), Tuya Gouldin (International Travel Liaison, Asia Center, Academy of Natural Sciences), and Dr. Jan Dash (Director of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative). HERE is Jan Dash's presentation, and HERE is Kim Lovell's presentation.



HERE is the CSO Net (Civil Society Network) Climate Change site, which contains these events on gender and climate change held in 2010:

Gender Mainstreaming Workshop into National Adaptaion Strategic Plan of Action

30 - 31 August, 2010
Gender equality has become a significant cross-cutting issue in all areas of development including agriculture, health, energy, infrastructural development, transport as well as climate change. Climate change is hinged on environmental as well as social issues with particular importance placed upon...

Gender and Climate Change: Post Copenhagen Strategies

21 July, 2010
Women Environmental programme (WEP) and the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria through the Special Climate Change Unit with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria will be holding a 1 day workshop on the outcome of the Copenhagen Accord ...


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IPCC Report

Women and children, especially in poor areas, are especially vulnerable to climate change and global warming. Chapter 17 of the 2007 IPCC, report II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) discusses "Gender aspects of vulnerability and adaptive capacity", cf page 730.



Paper by Kent Price, Winner of the UU-UNO 2012 Greeley Award

Here is the winning paper by Kent Price, containing an excellent description of the effects of climate change - "the 800-pound gorilla threatening world order" - on women.


Half of Humantity - 2012 Greeley Award Sermon

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ECOSOC Document

Below is the UN ECOSOC 2011 document "Mainstreaming gender equality and promoting empowerment of women in climate change policies and strategies":

Women and CC, CSW 2011

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Secretary's International Fund for Women and Girls

Clinton CC Women Fund


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1. HERE is an interesting article that says women are more likely than men to support the scientific consensus on the reality of global warming caused by humans.

The work is by sociologist Aaron McCright, an associate professor at Michigan State University. He analyzed eight years of Gallup Poll data to perform one of the first in-depth studies on how men and women think about climate change. "Women and men think about climate change differently," he said. "And when scientists or policymakers are communicating about climate change with the general public, they should consider this rather than treating the public as one big monolithic audience."

The Women’s Manifesto on Climate Change, jointly produced by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), will be launched today at a reception at Portcullis House, Westminster. 

The manifesto states that women are a powerful resource to be mobilised to act against climate change. More than 500 women took part in a NFWI/WEN survey that informs the manifesto.

Women make most of the household decisions that can influence global warming and are eager for support to do more to help reduce carbon emissions. The manifesto calls on the Government to involve women more in decision-making so that policies on climate change reflect women’s ideas and priorities.

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Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change
UNDP 2009

Fact Sheet on Gender and Climate Change
IUCN Office of the Senior Gender Advisor 2007

CEDAW and Climate Change
International Alliance of Women

Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation
ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction)

Gender, Water and Climate Change
Gender and Water Alliance

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(2014). Gender and Climate Change. Retrieved from