COP24 is on a mission to get on with the job of making gender equality a reality; and replace its long standing role as a convenient soundbite with action.
The UNFCCC Gender Action Plan (GAP), which is at its half way point, seeks to incorporate gender equality into climate policy.
“Gender-responsiveness is critical for the effectiveness of any policy and action and it is critical that the needs, perspectives, experiences and knowledge of all people impacted by climate change are taken into account,” the UNFCCC states.
And on Gender Day today at COP24 in Katowice, a new report released by the Sierra Club and UN Women points to ways the reality can, and why it must, meet the rhetoric.
“This report is not a conclusion but rather an opening for discussions on how to best ensure that gender and human rights are meaningfully considered and included in any climate policy. If one thing is clear from this report, it is that women and communities have the solutions and must have a full and equal role in developing climate policies and self determination in responses to the climate crisis. The rights of all people grappling with climate migration must be treated with the utmost importance,” said Sierra Club Gender Equity and Environment Campaign Representative and report author, Jessica Olson.
On #Gender Day, listen to Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad, voice of the Indigenous Peoples at #COP24, who wants to reconnect the reality of #climatechange and #climateaction on the ground and the climate talks pic.twitter.com/YrOulEjJmk
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) December 11, 2018