This module explores the dimensions of gender in climate knowledge brokering.
After watching this video, you will:
- Have a better understanding of why it is important to incorporate gender into climate knowledge brokering
- Know which practical steps you can take to further this agenda
Example 1: Improving awareness among decision makers of the importance of gender to climate change initiatives
- Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Networks in Peru (known locally as GRIDES) bring together NGOs, CSOs – including women’s groups – universities and research institutes, as well as local and regional decision makers, to exchange knowledge and experiences around disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and to advocate for the inclusion of these issues in local and regional policy.
- The Gender Equality and Climate Compatible Development: Drivers and Challenges to People’s Empowerment study found that where women played a leading role in the GRIDES, local government climate change adaptation and DRR plans included an implicit gender approach.
Example 2: Empowering women through the collection and dissemination of gender-sensitive information
- Women’s participation in the production of resilience plans Gorakhpur , India, contributed substantially to impact and sustainability, including local committee functioning, access to potable water and the uptake of Climate Resilient Agriculture techniques.
- The Gender Equality and Climate Compatible Development: Drivers and Challenges to People’s Empowerment study found that greater gender transformation came about when women were involved as agents rather than mere recipients, for example when spaces were created for women to share their experiences and perspectives and to contribute to decision-making processes.
Example 3: Improving the access of women to climate knowledge
- The Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia project led by the CGIAR CCAFS concluded that the use of ‘hybrid’ communication methods – traditional information sharing channels, such as social networks, complemented by simple and affordable ICTs – is the most effective way of increasing women’s access and use of climate information services.
What can you do?
- How can incorporating gender issues into climate knowledge help me to achieve my objectives?
- How can I incentivise climate knowledge producers, brokers and users to help me in these efforts?
- How can I include a gender approach in the different elements of climate knowledge brokering I carry out? For example, which gender disaggregated data could I include when synthesising climate information? Or how can I engage stakeholders, including men and women from different sectors, interest groups and socio-economic levels, in knowledge production?
- Do I/does my organisation have people with the necessary skills? In which areas do we need to build capacity?
- Where you can source gender-sensitive climate information that is relevant to the needs of your target audiences
- The main information gaps – how can you help address these?
- Successful experiences where marginalised and vulnerable groups’ access to climate information has been increased
- Which tools are available to help you measure whether your activities are really improving gender equality
- IUCN Environment and Gender Information Platform
- Global Gender and Climate Alliance
- Gender and Disasters Network
- FAO Gender and Climate Change Programme
- Women’s Participation in Global Environmental Decision Making, IUCN, 2015
- The Gender Advantage Women on the front line of climate change, IFAD, 2014
- Engendering the Climate for Change: Policies and Practices for Gender-Just Adaptation, Kapoor, A., Christian Aid, 2011
- Investigating Climate Information Services through a Gendered Lens. McOmber McOmber C., Panikowski A., McKune, S., Bartels W., Russo, S., CGIAR CCAFS, 2013
Gender and Knowledge Management
- Mainstreaming as a knowledge process: new lessons from mainstreaming gender, disability and sexual diversity, Saskia C. van Veen, Petra Staal, Rob van Poelje, 2015. Knowledge Management for Development Journal 11(2): 64-82
- Knowledge and Information Management for Gender Mainstreaming, GenderKompetenzCentrum
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Implementing a Gender Audit of an Online Knowledge service: the experience of GDNet, Cheryl Brown, 2013
- Gender-Environment Datasets
Information and Communication Technologies
- Gender Equality in the Information Society: A review of current literature and recommendations for policy and practice, Gurumurthy, N. Chami, BRIDGE Project, 2014
- Engendering Information & Communication Technologies Challenges & Opportunities for Gender-Equitable Development, World Bank, 2013
- Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research in Climate Change and Agriculture, Jost, C. Ferdous, N. And Spiced, T. D., CGIAR CCAFS, World Agroforestry Centre and CARE, 2014
- UNDP Gender Responsive National Communications Toolkit, UNDP, 2015