Addressing Gender Gap in Climate Discussions, UN Conference Urges

At a UN Women's conference, it was emphasized that women's involvement is crucial in addressing climate change and narrowing the gender gap. Historically, women have been more susceptible to the impacts of climate change, particularly in remote rural areas where they often bear the responsibility for natural and household resources .

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Inclusion of Women in Climate Change Agenda Vital for Closing Gender Gap

Lack of access to clean water and exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as droughts and floods, further exacerbate their vulnerability. Sheikha Dr Moza bint Tahnoun Al Nahyan, adviser to the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, stressed the urgent need for women's participation in climate change decision-making to safeguard the well-being of future generations.

Addressing the Gendered Impacts of Climate Change: Priorities and Women's Leadership

Sheikha Dr Moza highlighted the disproportionate burden borne by women and girls due to climate change. Notably, 80 percent of people displaced by climate emergencies are women and girls, resulting in loss of livelihoods, food security challenges, limited access to clean water, and increased care responsibilities. Mouza Al Shehhi, director of UN Women GCC Liaison Officer, outlined key priorities to bridge the gender gap. It is essential to address the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls and integrate gender considerations into climate strategies for a more inclusive response. Women's leadership is seen as a catalyst for transformative change in climate action, and creating opportunities for their meaningful participation in decision-making processes is crucial.

Empowering Women-Led Finance Initiatives for Climate Action and Resilient Communities

Mouza Al Shehhi stressed the importance of women-led finance initiatives to benefit rural communities. Access to financial resources for climate change initiatives remains a challenge for women, necessitating the design of climate finance programs that support and empower women-led initiatives. Investing in women contributes to the resilience of communities. Additionally, data-driven insights play a vital role in making informed decisions and formulating policies that address the unique challenges faced by women and girls. As COP28 approaches, a commitment to gender-responsive climate action is essential. Engaging and empowering youth, particularly young women and girls, is also crucial in shaping a sustainable future. Providing platforms for their voices to be heard and integrating their perspectives ensures a legacy of resilience for future generations.

Promoting Women's Representation in Climate Discussions: Urgency and Potential

Dr Dena Assaf, the United Nations resident coordinator in the UAE, highlighted the need for increased representation of women in climate discussions. Women continue to be underrepresented among climate negotiators in the MENA region, and there is a lack of women-led organizations participating in the UNFCCC's Women and Gender Constituency. Closing this gap is particularly important as young women's energy and innovative ideas can play a pivotal role in overcoming climate change challenges.

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