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Building resilience to environmental change by transforming gender relations

Author: C. Tacoli, E. Polack, I. Nhantumbo, J. Tenzing
Publisher: International Institute for Environment and Development
Publication Date: May 2014

This briefing is based on a workshop which brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss why gender relations are still largely absent from debates on climate change and disasters, what misconceptions may exist, and to define the broad lines of a forward-looking action research agenda.

It argues that gender equality is not just about women, but about inequalities that cut across social, economic and cultural systems and norms. A gendered perspective helps to identify these inequalities and address the wider issues of voice, representation and participation in decision making. These 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.