Siyanda Update: Gender and Climate Change, Issue No. 66, June 2008

Siyanda Update: Gender and Climate Change, Issue No. 66, June 2008

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Jun 2008


In This Issue:

I. Special Feature - New BRIDGE Publication: Gender and Climate Change: Mapping the Linkages - A Scoping Study on Knowledge and Gaps
II. Quick Guide: Gender and Climate Change
III. Country Focus: Bangladesh
IV. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and climate change
V. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

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I. Special Feature - New BRIDGE Publication: Gender and Climate Change: Mapping the Linkages - A Scoping Study on Knowledge and Gaps

The issue of climate change is not new, but its take-up as a key development concern is a fairly recent departure. Even more recent is the integration of a gender-sensitive perspective in climate change research and responses.

This draft report, prepared for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), outlines key linkages between climate change and gender inequality, identifies gaps in the existing body of work on gender and the environment, reviews best practices on adaptation and mitigation, and offers recommendations regarding priority areas for future research.

II. Quick Guide: Gender and Climate Change
How should responses to climate change incorporate the differing gendered needs, priorities, knowledge and capacity of men and women? The following resources are from a selection which have been summarised and included in the Siyanda database:

- Gender Perspectives on Climate Change, Emerging Issue Panel at CSW Fifty-Second Session, New York, 25 February – 7 March 2008, UN Division for the Advancement of Women, March 2008
This written statement addresses the lack of gender mainstreaming in United Nations (UN) climate change processes, with an emphasis on women's participation and makes recommendations to rectify this.

- Website: gender cc – Women for Climate Justice, gender cc, January 2008
This website is a response to the growing public attention to climate change, and the increasing need for information about women's perspectives and gender aspects in climate change policies and measures. It draws on the knowledge available through the gender cc network.

- “We Know What We Need!” South Asian Women Speak Out On Climate Change Adaptation, Action Aid International and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), December 2007
Despite limited resources, information and support, evidence from this research proves that women in poor areas are already adapting to a changing climate and can clearly articulate what they need in order to secure and sustain their livelihoods more effectively.

- Bali Position Papers: Developing Future Climate Regimes; Financing Adaptation and Mitigation; Avoided Deforestation; Agrofuels; and Nuclear Energy, gender cc - women for climate justice, December 2007
What key issues did gendercc - women for climate justice - try to get onto the discussion agenda at the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP13), held in Bali in December 2007? These position papers outline their calls to action.

- Biopolitics, Climate Change and Water Security: Impact Vulnerability and Adaptation Issues for Women, Networked Intelligence, January 2007
This article, which examines how climate change will impact on water security, argues that it is critical for women to have the necessary information, tools and resources to plan and take decisions around water security

- Climate Change, Gender and Livelihoods in Limpopo Province, Capacity Building, Leadership and Action (CBLA), January 2005
An analysis of the gender impacts of climate change can help us understand how different groups in society, even at the most micro-level, are differentially at risk from threats to their livelihoods. A gender analysis can also inform possible solutions for better protecting men and women against these potential impacts.

You can find additional resources on Climate Change in Siyanda at:

Gender Mainstreaming will be the next Quick Guide theme, in July 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

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

III. Country Focus: Bangladesh

- Whispers to Voices: Gender and Social Transformation in Bangladesh, World Bank, March 2008
Why has Bangladesh been hailed as 'a shining new example' of a poor country achieving impressive gains in gender equality, well beyond its per capita income level?

- Women and Religion in Bangladesh: New Paths, OpenDemocracy, December 2007
This short article describes how a research project of the “Pathways to Women's Empowerment” research programme is evolving to take into account the growing influence of religion in women's lives in Bangladesh.

- Gender Awareness of Rural Women in Bangladesh, November 2007
What factors underpin inequalities among rural women in Bangladesh? And how “gender aware” are they? This study sets out to answer these questions.

- Midwives Assisting Homebirths Face Opposition in Rural Bangladesh, April 2007
Why is it that in Bangladesh many women still die during child labour, and what difference could training of midwives make for homebirths?

- Bangladesh: Gender, Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals. Country Gender Strategy Author Bangladesh Resident Mission and Regional and Sustainable Development Department, August 2004
This ADB Country Gender Strategy takes a two-pronged approach combining gender mainstreaming in all activities with complementary specific initiatives to address persistent structural constraints faced by women.

You can find resources in Siyanda about Bangladesh at:

The Czech Republic will be the next Country Focus, in July 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this country for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the Country Focus archive section:

IV. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and climate change.
The Experts' and Consultants' Database contains names, contact details and areas of expertise of people working on gender specific issues worldwide, and includes some of their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have an interest in gender and climate change:

- Food Security in a Changing Climate: What can Participation Do?, Chiroro, C., 2007.
- Cambio Climático y Salud Pública, Arrieta, L., 2004
- Poverty and the global environment change. The perspective of transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Bíziková; L., and Kluvánková - Oravská, T., 2003
- Women and Climate Change: a Focus on Socio-economic Impacts in Africa, Annecke, W., 2002
- Global Environmental Change and Human Health: A Thought on the African Inner City, Raheem, U. A. (no date)

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,300 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.

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

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

- Search the database:

V. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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