The contribution of gender justice to successful climate politics

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A new research project with the title "The contribution of gender justice to successful climate politics: impact assessment, interdependencies with other social categories, methodological issues and options for shaping climate policy" will examine the added value of a gender perspective for climate protection and adaptation and develop recommendations for taking action. It aims at supporting the integration of gender dimensions into climate policy, in particular in Germany. The project is conducted by GenderCC in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE).

The research project involves three work packages:

1) A systematic review of the literature on gender and climate change to provide data and evidence relevant for industrialised countries and to analyse hinderances and how to overcome resistence to integrating gender. Moreover, an analysis of the relevant international agreements and mechanisms and their strategies to address gender issues, as well as their implications for gender-responsive national climate policy will be undertaken. Finally, a methodology for a gender assessment of national mitigation and adaptation programmes will be developed and applied to the German climate change programmes.

2) The instrument of gender impact assessment (GIA), which was developed in the German Envrionmental Ministry in the 2002-2004 for legislative processes, will be further developed and adjusted to climate policy, primarily (but not exclusively) for the German institutional context. It will be tested using selected climate change mitigation and adaptation measures and discussed with climate change and GIA experts.

3) Based on the analysis of work package 1, the benefits of integrating gender dimensions into climate policies and measures and on the question of how climate policies can facilitate gender justice will be identified. Furthermore, recommendations will be provided on how to close information gaps and improve regular data collection, as well as how to integrate gender into German climate policy.

Results of the research will be provided at the end of each consecutive work package and in a final report. An expert workshop and events at UNFCCC meetings will allow for the results to be discuss and further disseminated.

The project is funded within the scope of the Departmental Research Plan of the German Minstry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety (project number 371641119).