Gender and Climate Change: How to write Proposals on Projects addressing Climate Change

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As climate change gains more and more importance, we cannot forget to integrate gender into our approaches to address it. Earlier, it was believed that climate impact impacts equally on women and men. However, there have been some studies which have pointed out that this is not true. Women representing the poor and the disadvantaged sections of the society suffer to a higher degree from the consequences of climate change. Besides, they have also better coping strategies to adapt to climate change and hence, they need to be considered as crucial mediums to address the problem in question.

To mainstream gender in projects addressing climate change, it is important to first understand the level of vulnerability of women (or men) to it.  In male-dominated societies, women have little access to information; therefore, they may not be aware about the impact of their activities on the climate despite possessing responsive behavior. In male-migrated areas, where women carry out traditional farming and firewood collection, they may suddenly reach a point in time where they may face problems of land degradation and scarcity of forests. Besides, they may suffer more from the results of natural disasters in their rural locations.

Gender-sensitive strategies have to be outlined during the planning and implementation of the projects. Women should be counted upon during all processes of the project. Focusing our empowerment approaches over women can help bring about results. Women activists can become strong forces to address the issues and save their livelihoods.