COP20 (09/12/14) – Kabir explains that gender sensitive responses are critical in addressing climate change and that we must understand how climate change impacts men and women differently. In a recent Actionaid study on disaster and women’s resilience, it was found that for every male death in a disaster, there are four female deaths.
Kabir has mixed feelings about the Lima gender work program, as whilst it is positive that gender is being discussed, there needs to be real action from Parties to commit to gender responsive policies. In Bangladesh where Kabir works the challenges of incorporating gender responsive climate change planning are situated in a context where gender is imbalanced, and practices and norms are not women friendly. This raises questions as to how effective gender responsive climate change policies will be.