Gender equality in climate policy and practice hindered by assumptions

Lau, Jacqueline D., Kleiber, Danika, Lawless, Sarah, and Cohen, Philippa J. (2021) Gender equality in climate policy and practice hindered by assumptions. Nature Climate Change, 11. pp. 186-192.

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Abstract

Gender has a powerful influence on people’s experience of, and resilience to, climate change. Global climate change policy is committed to tackling gender inequalities in mitigation and adaptation. However, progress is hindered by numerous challenges, including an enduring set of gender assumptions: women are caring and connected to the environment, women are a homogenous and vulnerable group, gender equality is a women’s issue and gender equality is a numbers game. We provide an overview of how these assumptions essentialize women’s and men’s characteristics, narrowly diagnose the causes of gender inequality, and thereby propel strategies that have unintended and even counterproductive consequences. We offer four suggestions for a more informed pursuit of gender equality in climate change policy and practice.

Item ID: 67037
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-6798
Keywords: Climate change; Climate-change adaptation; Climate-change mitigation; Developing world; Social sciences
Copyright Information: © Springer Nature Limited 2021. In accordance with the publisher's policies, the Author Accepted Manuscript of this paper is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU from 4 September 2021.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CE), CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH), CGIAR Trust Fund
Projects and Grants: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies CE140100020
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 04:15
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410103 Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440405 Poverty, inclusivity and wellbeing @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440599 Gender studies not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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