BRIDGE Update: Gender and climate change - Issue No. 92, June 2012

BRIDGE Update: Gender and climate change - Issue No. 92, June 2012

Publication Date: Jun 2012
In This Issue:

I. BRIDGE updates: recent activities and publications on gender and climate change
a. BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change
b. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) - Blog
c. Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) 56 - Blog
d. French contextualised version of the Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change

II. Upcoming events and other news:
a. Rio +20: BRIDGE storify and ways to get involved
b. WEDO and DAWN at Rio+20

III. Quick Guide: global resources on gender and climate change

I. BRIDGE updates: recent activities and publications on gender and climate change

a. BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change

Responses to climate change tend to focus on scientific and economic solutions rather than addressing the vitally significant human and gender dimensions. For climate change responses to be effective, thinking must move beyond these limited approaches to become people-focused, and focus on the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the struggle for gender equality. This Cutting Edge Pack advocates for a transformative approach in which:

* women and men have an equal voice in decision-making on climate change and broader governance processes;
* are given equal access to the resources necessary to respond to the negative effects of climate change;
* both women’s and men’s needs and knowledge are taken into account, and climate change policymaking institutions and processes at all levels are not biased towards men or women;
* the broad social constraints that limit women’s access to strategic and practical resources no longer exist.

This Cutting Edge Pack hopes to inspire thinking and action. The Overview Report offers a comprehensive gendered analysis of climate change, which demystifies many of the complexities in this area and suggests recommendations for researchers, NGOSs and donors as well as policymakers at national and international level. The Supporting Resources Collection (SRC) provides summaries of key texts, conceptual papers, tools, case studies and contacts of organisations in this field, whilst a Gender and Development In Brief newsletter contains three articles including two case studies outlining innovative local led solutions.

Overview Report

Supporting Resources Collection

In Brief (English)

En Breve (Spanish)

En Bref (French)

b. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) - Blog

BRIDGE attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP17) in Durban in December, where we co-hosted a side event with gender cc ( entitled How to move beyond ‘gender washing', learning from successes and mistakes. Speakers included Claudia Gimena Roa from FUNDAEXPRESION, an organisation featured in the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack. The event was very well received, with participants particularly interested in the gender-aware climate change adaptation at local level. We also launched the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack, which proved extremely popular with both male and female participants from civil society as well as official backgrounds. It was heartening to see how many participants were keen to incorporate a gender-aware approach into their climate change thinking. For more information about BRIDGE’s experience and reflections on COP17, please visit George’s Blog:

c. Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) 56 - Blog

BRIDGE also attended the Commission on the Status on Women (CSW) Session 56 in February/ March, where we continued to promote the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack, holding a side event with the Community Awareness Centre co-ordinator, Reetu Sogani. During the side event, Reetu demonstrated how participatory processes have empowered local women in the area to utilise their expertise and manage natural resources - resulting in dramatic improvements in their and their families lives. Her illuminating account spoke to so many pertinent issues that Reetu was invited to talk about her work on UN Radio. For more information about BRIDGE’s experience and CSW 56 reflections and outcomes, please visit George’s Blog:

d. French contextualised version of the Cutting Edge Pack (Kit Actu) on Gender and Climate Change

Work on gender and climate change in Francophone Africa is at an embryonic stage, but very interesting examples of good practice are starting to emerge. This is a lesson learnt through the creation of the French version of our Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack - a result of the collaboration between BRIDGE, the Genre en Action network ( and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie ( Far from being just a translation of the English pack, this French version integrates information and case studies on gender and climate change policies and practices in Francophone countries, and includes descriptions of their different political, social, economic and environmental contexts.

For this project a questionnaire was sent to organisations and networks in France, Canada and several Francophone developing countries. On the basis of the responses from the questionnaires and further research, Joelle Palmieri of Genre en Action has been writing up some examples of good practice and case studies that are specific to the Francophone context. Countries such as Senegal, Benin, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo and Canada are featured particularly in the Supporting Resources Collection (Boîte à Outils).

To download a free electronic copy of the French Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Climate Change, please go to

To receive a free printed copy, please go to

II. Upcoming events and other news:

a. Rio +20: BRIDGE storify and ways to get involved

As you are aware the UN Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development ( has begun this week where key themes include climate change and food security. However, there is a lack of clarity on the gender dimensions of these and other issues being discussed at the conference. The subject of rights is also absent from the zero draft document and the agendas for discussion.

BRIDGE ( is collecting and curating social media information to build a picture of the Rio +20 negotiations, reflect on participants’ expectations and experiences of the Summit, and provide commentary on the proceedings. We are using Storify, a social media tool which will enable us to pull together the very latest reports, blogs and tweets from participants attending the conference and analysts reflecting on the outcomes. Are you at Rio? It would be fantastic to hear about your opinions, follow your blog or tweets and feature them in the story. You can get in contact by emailing George:

Please visit the BRIDGE Storify account to see all of this: By subscribing to the BRIDGE storify account you will receive updates every time BRIDGE posts a story on Rio +20 or other future issues.

b. WEDO and DAWN at Rio+20

The Women’s Environmental & Development Organisation (WEDO) is also hosting Women on the Road to Rio- Online Community: which provides a fantastic opportunity to see, follow and join discussions, and read blog postings by participants and other interested parties. You can sign up to the forum here:

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) has posted on their website a list of interesting resources on Rio+20 that can be accessed here
They are also organising a number of side events at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio. A programme can be accessed at

III. Quick guide: global resources on Gender and climate change

The following resources have been selected from a number of new additions to the BRIDGE Global Resources Database around this theme:

Briefs on gender and climate funds: the Clean Development Mechanism,
United Nations Development Programme, 2012
This brief explores ways of ensuring that CDM initiatives contribute to local development and enhance opportunities for projects to meet local women’s and men’s needs.

Governing climate funds: What will work for women?, Women's Environment and Development Organisation, 2012
This research report on gender in global finance mechanisms examines the integration of gender issues into policies and investments of two climate funds and two non-climate funds, identifying practices that could ‘work for women’ in climate change financing.

Gender and climate change: an introduction, Earthscan, 2012
Through a range of case study examples this book provides a nuanced discussion of various gender impacts of climate change as well as coping strategies women have employed and opportunities for policy intervention.

Weathering the storm: girls and climate change, Plan International, 2011
Based on participatory research in Ethiopia and Bangladesh, this report argues that programmes and policies that do not recognise the different ways in which girls and boys are affected by climate change risk exacerbating pre-existing gender inequalities and are failing to tackle one of the root causes of vulnerability to climate risk.

Climate crisis impacts in the life of women in the Santander region – Colombia, GenderCC - América Latina, 2011
This article discusses the struggles of women in Santander against social, economic and political inequity, and the impacts of climate change. Three cases from this northwest Colombian region are examined.

Protocols, treaties and action: the 'climate change process' through gender spectacles, United Nations Environment Programme, 2011
This article suggests publicising the need to explicitly adopt policy and take measures to direct renewable energy technologies towards women’s real needs. It recommends capacity building for the women involved the international climate change process at all levels, and gender sensitivity training for those developing policy and projects.

Ciampi, M., Gell, F., Lasap, L. and Turvill, E. (2011) Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction: A training pack, Oxford: Oxfam GB
The training pack is for running a four-day workshop on gender and disaster risk reduction (DRR) with groups of 3-20 people. It combines traditional learning methods with participatory and experiential learning approaches. There are four modules, including an introduction to key concepts.

Gender-responsive strategies on climate change: recent progress and ways forward for donors, BRIDGE/IDS, 2011
Drawing on examples of good practice and insights from a range of donor agencies, this paper provides a set of key principles and offers recommendations for donors. It cautions against a ‘blue-print’ approach, arguing that gender relations are context-specific and change over time.

Women as key players in climate adaptation, Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN). 2011
Drawing on case studies and local action in countries across Africa (South Africa, Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania), this publication highlights ways to improve gender analysis and increase representation in climate adaptation.

Gender and Climate Change: Gender Experiences from Climate-Related GIZ Projects, GIZ, 2011
This 2011 briefing paper is based on an analysis, conducted by the GIZ Programme Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Rights, of good practices in gender approaches and experiences in GIZ’s climate-related projects and programmes.

You can find other resources on climate change at:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide selections: