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1 Mainstreaming Gender into CTCN Activities Training Workshop for National Designated Entities(NDEs) in Europe, Central Asia and Middle East 18 June 2014, Vienna, Austria Hedda Öhlberger-Femundsenden, UNIDO Gender Officer

2 Session Objective o Reach a common understanding of gender as a concept and gender mainstreaming as a strategy the rationale of integrating gender issues in climate change related activities how to mainstream gender and where to find tools

3 Gender Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women. These are context and time specific, and changeable

4 What is Gender Equality? Gender equality does not mean that women and men will become the same, but that women s and men s rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female.

5 Source: Reuters Is climate change gender neutral?

6 Source: Getty Images Gender Based Vulnerability to Climate Change

7 Gender Based Vulnerability to Climate Change CLIMATE CHANGE Adapted from WEDO CROP FAILURE FUEL SHORTAGE SHORTAGE OF SAFE, CLEAN WATER RESOURCE SCARCITY NATURAL DISASTERS DISEASE DISPLACEMENT CIVIL WAR / CONFLICT IMPACTS ON WOMEN Household food provision; increased agricultural work Household fuel provision; food-fuel conflicts Household water provision; exposure to contaminated sources Economic drawbacks; lack of land tenure; resource-dependent livelihoods; school dropouts; early marriage Greater incidence of mortality; reduction of life expectancy Lack of access to healthcare; increased burden of caring for young, sick and elderly Loss of livelihoods; lack of adequate shelter; conflicts Loss of livelihoods and lives; sexual violence and trauma

8 Gender Based Vulnerability to Climate Change 2/3 of the world s poor are women -many with limited mobility in rural areas Women are more dependent on local natural resources (water, food and fuel) for their livelihood Women s low access to technologies, credit and assets limits ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change Women s low-tech food production (marginal soils & rain-fed agricultural systems) highly vulnerable to climate change impacts

9 Gender Based Vulnerability to Climate Change As primary caregivers, women will have to deal with worsening disease environments caused by climate change Women face unique barriers in accessing, and thus influencing, policy and decision making processes (19 % MPs are women) Socio-cultural norms limit mobility & make women disproportionately vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change Lack of sex-disaggregated data leads to underestimation of women s roles & contribution

10 Source: UN Photo Gender Equality Add Value to Climate Effort

11 Gender Equality Add Value to Climate Effort o Broad based economic development best way to increase societies resilience to climate change. Low levels of GI improves growth! o Women s greater participation is likely to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of climate change projects and policies o Women are natural resource managers and adapt more easily to environmental changes; their knowledge should be utilised in mitigation, disaster reduction and adaptation strategies o A study of 130 countries found that countries with higher female representation in government are more likely to pass environmental treaties o Communities fare better during natural disasters when women play a leadership role in early warning systems and reconstruction due to their ability to mobilize at the local level

12 Q: How can we reduce gender based vulnerability to climate change & enhance the overall contribution to climate efforts?

13 A: Incorporate a gender perspective into national and international climate change mechanisms and strategies

14 Source: Google Images How to incorporate a gender perspective in your work?

15 How to Incorporate a Gender Perspective? 1) Ensure both women and men a space at the table Source:

16 How to Incorporate a Gender Perspective? 1) Ensure both women and men a space at the table o Political : COP 18 decision on promoting gender balance and improving the participation of women in UNFCCC negotiations and in the representation of Parties o Local: CTCN National Designated Entities and local organisations can ensure increased participation of women among their focal points and project personnel

17 How to Incorporate a Gender Perspective? 2) Add gender criteria in climate change financing

18 How to Incorporate a Gender Perspective? 2) Add gender criteria in climate change financing o Projects developed by women s groups have typically been too small and the transaction costs too high to benefit from regular climate funding o Key challenges for women s groups: identify funds that could be appropriate for them acquire the technical expertise to develop a proposal have the financial capacity to present such a project

19 How to Incorporate a Gender Perspective? Gender Criteria in Climate Change Financing 2008: Manila Declaration on Gender and CC called for market based mechanisms to be made equally accessible to men and women 2012: Assessment of Climate Investment Fund recommend fund to develop more comprehensive gender strategy 2011: Governing Instrument for GCF calls for a) gender balance in Secretariat, b) a gender sensitive approach and c) simplified approval processes

20 How to Incorporate a Gender Perspective? 3) Ensure projects are gender mainstreamed Source: GTZ

21 How to Incorporate a Gender Perspective? 3) Ensure projects are gender mainstreamed o Gender mainstreaming is a strategy for making the different needs, views and experiences of women and men, girls and boys an integral dimension of the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects.

22 How to Incorporate a Gender Perspective? Gender Mainstreaming Technical Assistance Project Management

23 Entry Points for Gender Mainstreaming Climate Change Projects o Analyze the use and effects of climate change technology in your local context with a gender perspective o Address gender differences in climate change adaptation and mitigation technology capabilities o Incorporate a gender perspective in feasibility studies, technology assessments, policy and regulatory framework development and business-plan proposals o Ensure that gender expertise is involved and consulted throughout the project design, implementation and evaluation process

24 Entry Points for Gender Mainstreaming Climate Change Projects o Make women s equal access to technology, information, economic resources and education/training a priority o Capitalize on the talents and contributions of both women and men by ensuring that women and men are represented in all decision-making processes, at all levels o Develop and apply gender-sensitive criteria and indicators for progress monitoring and evaluation of results o Set targets for women s participation in activities o Ensure disaggregation of qualitative &quantitative data by sex wherever possible

25 Tools & Resources o

26 Source: Target Training EU Group Exercise

27 Group Exercise Sample Project: Creating an enabling environment for renewable energy technology market Background: Country A is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by increasing the share of its electricity generated from renewable sources. To ensure that the expected increase in demand for renewable energy technologies can be met domestically, the CTCN has been requested to assist Country A in formulating a project to build the capacity of domestic energy technology providers and to create an enabling environment for increased investment in RE technologies. Objective: Provide preliminary support in creating an enabling environment for growth of RE technology market in Country A.

28 Group Exercise Brainstorm as many possible gender dimensions and respective gender responsive indicators for the following outputs. Outputs 1. RE technology trainings conducted Indicators and Targets - 2 training modules prepared by year 2-3 trainings conducted by year with minimum of 20 private companies trained by year 3 Possible Gender Dimensions Possible Gender Indicators 2. Support for business plan development provided - Minimum 10 feasibility studies conducted, and 5 viable RE business plan developed by year 3 3. Policy recommendations to relevant authorities presented - At least 2 policy/strategy papers are presented to relevant authorities to advise on scalingup RE for industrial applications by year 3

29 Group Exercise Sample Responses Outputs Indicators and Targets Possible Gender Dimensions Possible Gender Indicators 1. RE technology trainings conducted 2. Support for business plan development provided 3. Policy recommendations to relevant authorities presented - 2 training modules prepared by year 2-3 trainings conducted by year with minimum of 20 private companies trained by year 3 - Minimum 10 feasibility studies conducted, and 5 viable RE business plan developed by year 3 - At least 2 policy/strategy papers are presented to relevant authorities to advise on scalingup RE for industrial applications by year 3 -Promote and enhance participation of qualified women in trainings and support services -RE technology trainings raise gender sensitivity/awareness -Inclusion of Gender Analysis in feasibility studies - Advocate for and integration of gender components into policy recommendations -% of women participants at trainings -% of business plans with high GEEW impact potential - # of women/women associations consulted during policy recommendation development # of gender specific targets included in policy recommendations

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