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Climate Change + Gender:
Intersectionality and Innovation

CIFAR Alliance

Oct 24, 2023

A roundtable discussion on women’s resilience and adaptation capabilities to climate shocks.

To understand how climate shocks and stresses impact women, the CIFAR Alliance hosted a roundtable discussion with panelists:

  1. AnnRita Njiru - Activator Program Manager, The Rallying Cry

  2. Rohini Kamal - Research Fellow, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) 

  3. Sarah Henry - President, The Global Center for Gender Equality (GCFGE)

  4. Sandra Guzmán Luna - Founder, Grupo de Financiamiento Climático para América Latina y el Caribe (GFLAC)

To unpack:

  • How gender issues intersect with climate finance, including the challenges and opportunities of investing in climate-smart projects that benefit women and girls.

  • Explore the gender-related impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations and its intersectionality with race, disability, class, etc.

  • Examine how Gender shapes the development and adoption of climate-smart innovation

  • How a Gender and Global Loss and Damage Fund could be tailored to address climate shocks' high impact on women and girls?

Key takeaways

  • Ensuring women's active participation in decision-making processes and access to resources through a loss and damage fund can enhance the effectiveness of adaptation strategies.

  • Streamlining application and approval procedures for climate funds could help reduce the time and cost for women and community groups to gain access to resources. 

  • Gender-responsive climate innovations can contribute to economic empowerment for women.

  • Resilience planning must consider race, class, age and disability intersections to address climate-related challenges effectively and equitably.


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Key resources

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Watch a recap of the event below.

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