The government in support with the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is working to formulate a gender and climate change strategy to stress the need of gender-responsive policies and strategies in combating the climate change impact.
A three-day workshop titled 'Linking gender and climate change' is being organised from Tuesday by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) in support with the IUCN Nepal and Global Gender and Climate Alliance as part of the preparatory phase before facilitating the government to come up with the strategy.
The main objective of the workshop is to enhance capacity to understand and communicate the issues of gender and climate change, said Meena Khanal, joint secretary at the MoE. “Women are among the most vulnerable communities to the impact of climate change due to lack of resources for facing changes to the natural disasters,” she said.
So, it is important to empower women who have a lead role to play in coming up with mitigation, adaptation and reduction strategies to deal with the changing climatic patterns, Khanal said.
Lorena Aguilar, global senior gender advisor at IUCN, said around 50 percent of the population affected by climate change constitutes women, so it is essential to link gender equality with climate change to overcome the existing problems.
“The gender component is left in isolation while formulating policies, programmes and strategies by the government or other concerned stakeholders in lack of proper understanding of the issue and lack of experience in most cases,” she said. According to her, eight countries across the globe have formulated gender-based climate strategy