|Overview : |
The physical impacts of climate change and natural hazards are being seen to compound pervasive structural inequalities and socioeconomic vulnerabilities since gender equality and human rights are given insufficient consideration required in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and in disaster risk, recovery and response. While this is a general pattern where women and girls face a disparity in terms of (amongst other things) access to economic participation, nuances exist in each country in the needs and vulnerabilities of women, men, girls and boys, which warrant more detailed investigation and articulation.
Through the funding support provided by Global Affairs Canada and UK Aid, Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER) seeks to further integrate gender equality and human-rights based approaches into disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change (CC) adaptation and mitigation; environmental management frameworks and interventions. EnGenDER will also identify and address some of the gaps to ensure equal access to DRR and climate change and environmental solutions for both men, women, boys and girls in nine Caribbean countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname).
As the emphasis on gender-responsiveness is relatively new to the Caribbean, Ministries responsible for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) will receive technical support for the development of gender-responsive and inclusive sectoral-level action plans. The development of gender-responsive and inclusive sectoral-level action plans will be in keeping with the methodology developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)/NAP Global Network and linked to the UNFCCC Lima Work Programme, which focuses on building enabling factors for continued gender-responsive planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, specifically in the areas of; i) Equitable institutional representation of women and women’s organisations; ii) Capacity building for multi-sectoral integration of gender considerations; and iii) Equitable access to information.