Climate change

A green shoot comes up from the desert

Climate change is recognised as a global crisis, but responses tend to focus on scientific and economic solutions rather than addressing the vitally significant human and gender dimensions. Because of gendered social roles, women are in the front line of climate change impacts, such as droughts, floods and other extreme weather events - yet they are the least responsible for environmental destruction. How then do we move towards more people-centred, gender-aware climate change policies and processes? How do we both respond to the different needs and concerns of women and men and challenge the gender inequalities that mean women are more likely to lose out than men in the face of climate change? 

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GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice

GenderCC – is a global network working for gender equality, women’s rights and climate justice. It includes women and gender experts working in policy, research and practical implementation at international, national and local levels.

Global Gender and Climate Alliance

The Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) includes more than 90 UN agencies, intergovernmental and civil society organisations. It aims to bring a 'human face to climate change decision–making and initiatives'.


The Spanish language Anacaonas website has a section dedicated to Gender and Climate Change.


Oberv'action has a collection of news, research and other resources on women's resistance against Climate Change.

Our Cutting Edge Pack

Climate justice and women’s rights: A guide to supporting grassroots women’s action

This guide aims to increase timely and appropriate funding for worldwide climate action initiatives led by women and their communities. It highlights that most funders lack adequate programs or systems to support grassroots women and their climate change solutions.

Tracking climate change funding: Learning from gender-responsive budgeting

This paper, commissioned by the International Budget Partnership, aims to guide lesson learning from the experience of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) initiatives that might inform initiatives in respect of budgeting for climate change.

Building resilience to environmental change by transforming gender relations

This IIED briefing discusses why gender relations are still largely absent from debates on climate change and disasters. It argues that power inequalities are often a root cause of environmental change, and transforming them is therefore an essential part of a more effective and sustainable approach to building resilience.

Gender Updates

Gender and Sustainable Development
February 2015 : #108
Can there be sustainable development without gender equality? Too often sustainable development is still seen primarily as environmental sustainability. This narrow approach oversees some complex social, economic and ecological dimensions without adequately acknowledging gender concerns.