Attaining the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and limiting global temperature increases to below 1.5 degrees C will be nearly impossible without substantial gains around gender equality. Women and girls in low- and middle- income countries are often disproportionately impacted by climate hazards due to their exclusion from economic, education, and social systems. Yet when women are involved in climate mitigation decision-making and action, evidence shows tangible improvements in community well-being, climate adaptation, and longer-term gender equality and social inclusion.
Panelists from four organizations will provide tangible examples and share wisdom on climate actions that have proven benefits for contributing to gender equality and social inclusion, human well-being, poverty alleviation, adaptation, and planetary health. Project Drawdown will highlight climate solutions that center and advance gender equality, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Panelists from the CARE-WWF Alliance and Population Council will speak to local programs in Nepal, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Guatemala that encompass integrated approaches to biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, women’s leadership, and agriculture not only for the climate benefits, but as pathways for gender-transformative action and systemic change. Finally, FP/Earth Project will provide framing for the discussion around the synergies between bodily autonomy, reproductive justice, environmental sustainability and the advancement of women’s power.