UN Climate Change Conference

7 – 18 November, Marrakesh
16 November 2016 | 16:00-17:30 | Global Landscapes Forum, Ourika Room

How to walk the talk: Promoting gender equality in national climate policy and action

SDG 5 ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’, together with a number of gender-related decisions made by the COP to the UNFCCC in the recent past, serve as a clear global mandate for addressing gender equality in climate policy at all levels. However, reports from a wide range of organizations such as UN Women, UN DESA and UNFCCC, IUCN and CCAFS demonstrate that these global mandates are rarely translated into national climate change policies.

Despite such a glaring gap at the aggregate level, successful gender mainstreaming initiatives that have resulted in gender equitable outcomes for women and girls in diverging social, political and economic contexts are available. In order to scale up and learn from such initiatives, a careful understanding of what works, where and how is paramount.

This discussion will bring together policy makers, researchers, practitioners and advocates to share experiences of mainstreaming gender in national climate policies and actions. Focusing on both processes and results, the goal is to identify challenges and opportunities to designing and implementing gender-responsive climate policy and action on the national level; highlight successful strategies adopted by various stakeholders; and to discuss how ‘gender-responsiveness’ can be defined and measured across various contexts.

Key questions addressed:

  1. What have been some of the entry points for translating global commitments (to gender equality, women’s empowerment) into national gender-responsive climate policy and action? What have been the main challenges? How can the challenges be overcome through adequate processes at the national level, such as political will, legislations, capacities, resources, coordination, representation and so on?
  2. What could be the role of governments, women’s organizations, international community, academic community, research organizations and local communities in facilitating the identification, scaling up and replication of successful small-scale initiatives?
  3. Is there a need for ‘universal’ minimum standards/guidelines for gender-responsive climate change policies? If so, what could they look like and how can they be adapted to different contexts?


CIFOR and partners (ODI, UN Women, WEDO, IUCN, REFACOF)


Shelley Thakral


Markus Ihalainen
To be confirmed

Speaker's bio:
Markus Ihalainen works on the integration of gender across CIFOR’s research portfolio and between centers under the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Before joining CIFOR he worked in Namibia on gender and LGBT issues. He is now based in Nairobi, Kenya, and works on gender research and mainstreaming in forestry research through capacity-building, building partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, systematic reviews, and developing and communicating methodological and analytical toolkits. He holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Houria Djoudi
To be confirmed

Speaker's bio:
Houria Djoudi is a Scientist at CIFOR, with a focus on socio-ecological systems analysis at the interface of research and development, particularly environmental and institutional changes, and the linkages between management of natural resources and livelihoods and policy processes. At CIFOR, Houria works on climate change adaptation, vulnerability analysis and the linkages between adaptation and mitigation. Her work includes the analysis of social processes of adaptation, particularly in relation to gender. She researches agro-sylvo-pastoral systems in dry forest areas, mostly in North and West Africa and Central Asia. She speaks Berber, Arabic, French, English, German and Bahasa Indonesia.