Joto Afrika 6 - Women as key players in climate adaptation

Editor: Grace Adeniji, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria

Publisher: Arid Lands Information Network, 2011

Gender often dictates who gains and who loses in environmental disasters. For  instance, where women lack basic rights, more will die from natural disasters than men; where they enjoy equal rights, the death rate is the same. The sixth edition of the briefing series Joto Afrika highlights ways to improve gender analysis and increase representation in climate adaptation, contributing to global discussion on the need to mainstream gender into climate change analysis, particularly as women provide up to 90 percent of rural poor people’s food and produce 60-80 percent of the food in most developing countries. Despite this, women are insufficiently represented in decision-making processes on climate change; their different perspectives and experiences must be included.
Drawing on case studies and local action in countries across Africa (South Africa, Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania), the articles emphasise the need to:
  • work with, and build the capacities of, existing women’s organisations
  • invest in communicating both research and policy
  • improve gender analysis to develop and deliver relevant and responsive adaptation programmes, taking local contexts into account
  • prioritise democratic and participatory approaches which ensure women’s involvement, while making sure to avoid overburdening women.
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