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UNRIC – Friday January 3, 2014 (originally published 31 Dec)

Focus on women in a crowd of people

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Women and men have different ecological footprints. They approach environmental issues in different ways. They tend to prefer different means of transport, and their consumption patterns vary. Moreover, women in the world’s developing countries are affected more severely by climate change and natural disasters than men.

Several UN agencies have stressed that the world cannot afford to ignore the voices, needs and priorities of half of the population in policies and action on adaptation and mitigation, capacity-building, technology transfer, climate finance, and all other aspects of the climate change response. The gender aspect was highlighted at the UN conference on climate change (COP19), by, among others, UN Women.

The Nordic countries are increasingly taking the gender aspect into account. “There is a difference in how men and women act and consume things, which is interesting from an environmental and climate perspective,” according to gender expert Charlotte Kirkegaard from the consulting company Unisex Progress. She will be incorporating the gender equality dimension into the programme design and implementation of three projects in the Nordic Prime Ministers’ green growth initiative . . .

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