Gender & Climate Change

There is evidence of lack of integration of gender equality as a cross cutting issue in responding to the impacts of climate change. This is further perpetuated by lack of gender disaggregated vulnerability and capacity data that can effectively assist in addressing disaster risk reduction and response interventions. Women are better positioned than men to build a more climate resilient society and to put into place climate change mitigation measures in the home, in small farms and also in the work place. To this end, the Botswana Climate Change Network is committed to mainstreaming gender in its projects, governance, working structures, programmes and project delivery. The Botswana Climate Change Network is aware that gender sensitivities are particularly pronounced in the areas of disaster risk reduction, public health, water resources management, and agriculture and food security. However, there is an opportunity to align with emerging adaptation and resilience efforts with NAP's, NAPA's and INDC's, including national response actions for disaster risk reduction. The development and implementation of gender responsive frameworks presents an opportunity to mainstream gender and ensure that countries adopt gender-responsive adaptation actions and does not leave anyone behind. Further, it is the inclusion of women in the development of such policies and participation at the UNFCCC COP negotiations. Creation of space for women at the climate change negotiations and strengthening of women's voices will ensure that women's concerns are adequately addressed in climate agreements, national and regional adaptation plans. National development plans that resonate well with gender sensitive sustainable climate programmes for climate resilience can go a long way in ensuring that communities withstand climate shocks.