GGCA hosts Ms. Christiana Figueres to discuss COP18 Gender Decision
On 14 May, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) hosted Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, in a Twitter chat to discuss the key objectives and entry points of the COP18 Gender Decision and its importance in empowering women in climate change.
- To quickly recap, the COP18 Gender Decision calls for:- Climate policy to address needs of men & women equally- Gender to be a standing item on the UNFCCC COP agenda- In-session Gender workshop at COP19- Review & report mechanisms to track progress towards a gender balance- Governments to share gender submissions September 2, 2013To start, @CFigueres was quick to note that although the effort to approve the COP18 gender decision came from many, the real work now begins! And so did the discussion:
- Participants were quick to share out their activities in addressing gender impacts of change change. @PROJECT_GAIA shared an example of how addressing the impacts of climate change with a gender-sensitive approach not only improves lives, but empowers them!
- The discussion quickly led to participants making the important distinction between gender "balance" versus gender "equality". Although the COP18 Gender Decision uses the term "balance", @RHarris821 highlighted that equality is necessary in mitigating and adapting to climate change.