Siyanda Update: Gender and Climate Change - Issue No. 90, February 2011

Siyanda Update: Gender and Climate Change - Issue No. 90, February 2011

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Feb 2011

In This Issue:

I. Update on BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Climate Change
II. BRIDGE Community of Practice Discussion on Gender and Climate Change
III. Quick Guide: Gender and Climate Change
IV. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts who have written on climate change
IV. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

I. Update on BRIDGE Cutting Edge Programme on Gender and Climate Change
As many of you may be aware, BRIDGE is running a Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Programme whose aim is to offer an exciting and innovative approach to the synthesis and development of knowledge, thinking and good practice. The programme is intended to facilitate a collaborative approach to promoting effective, targeted policy and practice on gender and climate change.
In December, BRIDGE attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) 16 in Mexico. This was a fantastic opportunity to share our work with a wider audience, meet with the Cutting Edge Programme’s advisers and find out more about personal experiences of climate change. Activities we undertook include a co-hosted side event with LIFE/Gender CC entitled ‘Innovating and inspiring new thinking on the social dimensions of climate change’. We also held a Gender and Climate Change Roundtable in which participants shared experiences and expressed everyday concerns and practical solutions.
The full reports will be available very shortly on the BRIDGE website at

II. BRIDGE Community of Practice Discussions on Gender and Climate Change
As part of the Cutting Edge Programme, we will host a number of e-discussions in order to inform the direction and approach we take in the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack as well as creating an environment for the development, exchange and evolution of ideas that will inform policy and practice on this issue.

The first Community of Practice discussion was held in October 2010. It was extremely successful. Participants examined best practice, lessons learnt, gaps, frustrations and what they wanted to get out of the Community of Practice. Participants from 13 countries from both the global North and South were engaged in a diverse spread of issues including sustainability, energy, corporate agricultural investments, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR), small-scale farmers, small-scale fishers folk, working with groups looking at health, energy, housing and land issues.

The second e-discussion is scheduled from 7th to 18th March 2011. It will be more focused on specific areas related to gender and climate change mitigation, including REDD and low carbon development.

BRIDGE are excited to open the Community up to others specialists working in this area. It would be fantastic to hear about others experiences and their work. If this is a discussion you would like to be involved in, please contact Georgina Aboud, Gender Convenor on:

III. Quick Guide: Gender and Climate Change
The following resources have been selected from a number of new additions to the BRIDGE database around gender and climate change:

Protocols, treaties and action: the 'climate change process' through gender spectacles, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 2011
Gender considerations should be included in international climate change policy processes. This article discusses three important areas that are crucial to promote efficiency and equity: responsibility for emissions; vulnerability to climate change and participation in climate change funded activities.

Climate crisis impacts in the life of women in the Santander region – Colombia, Fundaexpresión, 2011 (full document in Spanish)
This article discusses the struggles of women in Santander against social, economic and political inequity, and the impacts of climate change. Three cases are examined involving peasant women, fisherwomen and displaced women.

Gender and Climate change: Regional Report Executive Summary, Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2011
What are the gendered impacts of climate change at household level in Sub Saharan Africa? How can the capacity of women and men be strengthened to better adapt to climate change and climate variability? This executive summary provides an analysis of the findings of eight case studies carried out in Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.

Case study: Mujeres solares de Totogalpa – Nicaragua, Grupo Fenix, 2010
This webpage tells the story of the Solar Women of Totogalpa, a group of nearly two dozen women, mostly single mothers with little time or money, that recognised the potential benefits that solar powered cookers and solar food dryers could bring to themselves and their community.

Event : Foro Internacional - La Dimensión de Género en el Cambio climático y la Gestión Integral de Riesgos de Desastres, America Latina Génera, 2010 (webpage in Spanish)
This International Forum ‘The Gender Dimension in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management was held one month before COP 16. It aimed to share best practices around gender and climate change, discuss the progress of international negotiations and analyse what actions are necessary to incorporate a gender and human rights perspective in public policies on climate change. The website hosts all the papers presented at the Forum.

Farmers in a changing climate - does gender matter?, FAO, 2010
This publication on the topic of food security in Andrha Pradesh, India finds that experiences with climate variability and coping strategies have a strong gender dimension.

Webpage: Gender and Climate Change Activities @ COP 16 – Cancún, Gender cc- Women for Climate Justice, 2010
This webpage, hosted by GenderCC, contains various resources related to gender and climate change activities at COP 16, including interviews, news links, and interventions – featuring breakthroughs in climate change adaptation and mitigation and gender mainstreaming initiatives.

Training Manual on Gender and Climate Change, World Conservation Union, 2009
This training manual has been developed to encourage gender responsive climate change policies, decision making, and initiatives. It is intended to improve skills around gender and climate change and equip and develop trainers in different regions and countries.

You can find other resources on Climate Change at:

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

III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts who have written on climate change
The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,400 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focused consultancies.

Each profile contains the Expert’s contact details and areas of expertise, and highlights their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have written on climate change.

- Gender and Climate Change Financing, Williams, M., 2010
- The Gendered Dimensions of Disaster Risk 2008 Management and Adaptation to Climate Change - Stories from the Pacific, Drucza, K., 2009
- Climate Change Connections: Gender Population and Climate Change, Nelson, G., 2009
- Impacts of Climate Change on Women Farmers, Singh, G., 2008
- Cambio Climático y Salud Pública (in Spanish) (Climate Change and Public Health), Arrieta, L., 2004