Gender, climate and disaster resilience
Women are disproportionately affected by climate change and disasters, both because of the roles they play in growing food and providing for the energy and water needs of their families and because they comprise a large number of the poor communities that depend on natural resources for their livelihood. Yet at the same time, women’s strong ties to the environment and roles in natural resource management make them powerful agents of change with knowledge and skills for building resilience to climate change and disaster and supporting low emission development.
UNDP supports partners to engage women as stakeholders and planners in successful action on climate change and disaster resilience and ensure that women have equal access to and control of the resources they need to adapt to and mitigate the effects of environmental changes.
This work includes ensuring women’s access to clean energy and securing their rights and tenure to land water, forests, housing and clean and green alternative livelihoods. As part of this work, UNDP is supporting 10 countries to integrate gender equality into their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which set out how they will reach goals under the Paris Agreement. This integration of gender will help countries better address inequalities that prevent women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making and implementation and undermine women’s ability to adapt to climate impact or contribute to a zero-carbon economy.
UNDP supports partners to strengthen the participation of women in decision-making processes on disaster risk reduction. This includes building capacities of women’s organizations to participate in the formulation and implementation of policies, programmes and strategies and building capacities of relevant institutions to integrate gender perspectives. Women’s involvement in key disaster risk reduction initiatives, including for early warning, contingency planning and long-term recovery, is critical to building community resilience to disaster.