A Gendered Lens: Mainstreaming Gender into South Africa’s Climate Change Response

Women are one of the most vulnerable groups to climate change - and it’s essential that this is reflected in South Africa’s legislation.

It has increasingly been acknowledged that climate change has differentiated impacts on women and men, and on local and indigenous peoples. Women, especially poor women, are one of the groups most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and least likely to have the resources to cope with them. Because women are one of the most vulnerable groups, it’s essential that they are equally represented and equal participants and agents of change in climate change solution development – and that this is reflected in South Africa’s legislation and policy framework.

Through Action 24 – Active Citizens of Responsive Legislatures, we have produced a research report to explore just that. A Gendered Lens: Mainstreaming Gender into South Africa’s Climate Change Response aims to:

  • Evaluate the extent to which South Africa’s current legislative and policy framework on climate change incorporates gender considerations through drawing on case studies of countries with similar legislative commitments to gender equality;
  • Analyse the findings of primary research conducted via interviews and focus groups; and
  • Identify opportunities for enhancing the gender-responsiveness of South Africa’s response to climate change and propose recommendations for engagement and advocacy for gender-sensitive responses to climate change in South Africa.

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