"To effectively, efficiently, and equitably respond to climate change, countries must develop gender-responsive mitigation and adaptation strategies—not least because women are among those disproportionately and adversely affected by climate change and are seldom included in relevant decision-making processes to identify and implement solutions. Mitigation actions are measures undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and harnessing the experiences, expertise, and ideas of women and men alike is essential for full mitigation power. Governments, institutions and agencies have been slow to consider ways in which women and gender considerations can be well integrated in mitigation planning –but the trend may be improving.
The GECCO initiative supports NAMAs and LEDS—with an interest in INDCs—to be gender-responsive by strengthening national efforts to mainstream gender into energy and mitigation policies and by working with governments and civil society organizations to address knowledge gaps on the linkages between gender and climate change mitigation in the energy sector. INDCs, NAMAs and LEDS have the potential to be gender-responsive by addressing gender considerations in their design and implementation. GECCO aims to build on the progress and examples offered by several NAMAs, LEDS and INDCs to date that have included strong gender-responsive elements." This brief provides information on gender-responsive climate policies and actions in several countries.