The impacts of climate change are gendered. The response needs to be as well. Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Persistent gender inequalities continue to limit women’s participation in decision-making, restrict their access to financial and technical resources, and prevent them from contributing to and benefitting from new responses to the challenges associated with climate change and ecosystem degradation.
UN agencies, working in close collaboration with governments, multilateral organizations, civil society agencies and the private sector, work to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment principles into climate change policies and programmes. This effort aims to ensure that climate change decision-making and initiatives at all levels address the needs and allow for the contributions of women and men equitably.