COVID-19 has made very visible how climate change will affect us all on a global scale, which has stirred renewed energy to “build back better” through climate resiliency. Some of us, however, will be harder hit by climate change than others.

Women in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to their high dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods coupled with lesser economic, political, and legal clout. Despite these structural and socio-economic barriers, women often play a pivotal role in natural resource management and sustainable development as they navigate through the food, water and energy requirements for both households and communities.

Solutions around climate action therefore must promote gender equality. Women must be placed at the forefront of climate change by engaging them in a participatory, multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral way that builds on their unique knowledge and perspectives.

Understanding this deep nexus between climate change and gender, AVPN launched its Gender Platform – the second thematic platform after the Climate Action Platform. The Network also dedicated one day each to Gender and Climate discussions at the 2020 AVPN virtual conference to support the growing interest of funders and resource providers in activities across these two themes.

Read the full article about climate and gender by Prachi Seth at AVPN.