Mainstreaming Gender in Climate Change Mitigation: The Anticipated “Paris Agreement”

By Madelin Orr

Madelin attended the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.


To achieve the long-term objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) evidence suggests both men and women need to be equally involved in all areas of decision-making processes. Women play a crucial role in climate change mitigation actions due to their knowledge of coping strategies used to ensure the availability of food production, household water supply and energy use. Despite efforts made to expand UNFCCC obligations in gender mainstreaming, the UN, as of yet, has not successfully secured gender-equality in all policy areas and programs relating to climate change mitigation actions.  

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