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    <p></p><p style="text-align:center"><span style="color:#3366ff"><strong><span style="font-size:32px">WOMEN + CLIMATE<br /><br /></span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:24px"><strong>Challenge Background: </strong></span></p><p>Climate action champions in industry, government, NGOs and academia are working to foster women as climate action leaders. There is a growing recognition that by enhancing educational opportunities for young women and girls to gain STEAM skills, and connecting women with diverse skill sets such as design, data science, app development, marketing and communications, social science and public policy to come together and work on innovative solutions for climate action, new solutions can be accelerated addressing UN Global Goals #13 – Climate Action, #5 – Gender Equality, and #4 – Quality Education.</p><p>To scale the impact of initiatives promoting women as climate action leaders, five areas need to be addressed (learn more <a href="https://unfccc.int/news/5-reasons-why-climate-action-needs-women">here</a>):</p><p><strong>1) 100 % of the population needs to be involved </strong></p><p>51% of humanity is comprised of women and girls. To meet the most ambitious 1.5C target of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and to limit warming to well below 2C, it is critical that the needs, perspectives, and ideas of women, as well as of men, are included in climate action to create just, effective, and sustainable solutions. <br /><br /></p><p>Furthermore, indigenous women have experienced the impacts of climate change for generations and have been forerunners and leaders in environmental conservation. Their knowledge and expertise contribute greatly to building resilience to climate impacts and to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The traditional skills and knowledge that women have relating to natural resource management in areas such as innovation, waste and energy are effective tools in climate action strategies. <br /><br /></p><p><strong>2) Women need to be empowered to drive effective climate solutions </strong></p><p>Women comprise approximately 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. When provided with the same access to resources as men, women can increase their agricultural yields by 20 to 30 percent, not only stepping up total agricultural output in these countries by 2.5 to 4 percent but also contributing to world hunger reduction by 12 or 17 percent, according to the UN. This can positively impact climate adaptation in two ways – appropriate technology or resources contributes to more sustainable farming and conservation, and a reduction in poverty enables individuals to better adapt to changes in climate. <br /><br /></p><p>Investing in women and girls creates ripple effects felt throughout entire communities and countries. <a href="https://womendeliver.org/investment/invest-women-tackle-climate-change-conserve-environment/">Research shows</a> that countries with high representation of women in parliament are more likely to ratify international environment treaties. <br /><br /></p><p><strong>3) Communities need to involve women to build climate resilience </strong></p><p>Communities do better in resilience and capacity building strategies when women are also involved in planning. <a href="https://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/gender/Gender%20and%20Environment/PB1-AP-Overview-Gender-and-climate-change.pdf">According to the UN</a>, women tend to share information about community wellbeing that is important for resilience and more willing to adapt to environmental changes since their family lives are impacted. <br /><br /></p><p>Additionally, women are usually first responders in community responses to natural disasters, leaders in disaster risk-reduction, and contribute to post recovery by addressing the early recovery needs of their families and strengthening community building. <br /><br /></p><p><strong>4) The impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations of women need to be addressed </strong></p><p>It is well established that climate change has a greater impact on those sections of the population that are most vulnerable, whether in developed or developing countries, and exacerbates existing inequalities. Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty and due to existing roles, responsibilities and cultural norms.</p><p>Targeted investments in gender equality and women’s empowerment yield returns in environmental conservation, poverty alleviation, social policy and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By tackling climate change with a gender lens, women’s rights are also addressed, tackling rather than exacerbating existing gender inequalities. <br /><br /></p><p><strong>5) Countries need to involve women to accelerate cooperation based on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) </strong></p><p>Countries have recognized the importance of involving women and men equally in UNFCCC processes and in the development and implementation of national climate policies that are gender-responsive by establishing a dedicated agenda item under the Convention addressing issues of gender and climate change. This includes the first ever UNFCCC <a href="https://unfccc.int/topics/gender/workstreams/the-gender-action-plan">Gender Action Plan</a> established under the <a href="https://unfccc.int/topics/gender/workstreams/the-lima-work-programme-on-gender">Lima Work programme</a> on gender (LWPG) that has five priority areas: <br /><br /></p><ul><li>Capacity-building, knowledge sharing and communication</li><li>Enhancing the understanding and expertise of stakeholders on the systematic integration of gender considerations … in the thematic areas under the Convention and the Paris Agreement and in policies, programmes and projects on the ground;</li><li>Gender balance, participation and women’s leadership;<br />o To achieve and sustain the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in the UNFCCC process</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Coherence (in UNFCCC, across UN); <br />o To strengthen the integration of gender considerations within the work of UNFCCC bodies, the secretariat and other United Nation entities and stakeholders towards the consistent implementation of gender-related mandates and activities</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Gender-responsive implementation and means of implementation; <br />o To ensure the respect, promotion and consideration of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the implementation of the Convention and the Paris Agreement</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Monitoring and reporting <br />o To improve tracking in relation to the implementation of and reporting on gender-related mandates under the UNFCCC</li></ul><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:24px"><strong>Challenge Description: </strong></span></p><p>How can the latest technologies such as experience management solutions, digital platforms, analytics, and intelligent technologies such as machine learning, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) be harnessed to promote new solutions addressing UN Global Goals #13 – Climate Action, #5 – Gender Equality, and #4 – Quality Education, for example by:</p><ul><li>Expanding global access to educational content and networks of purpose driven climate action educators and mentors who can support young women and girls in gaining knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), fostering the next generation of climate action leaders;</li><li>Connecting women with diverse skill sets such as design, data science, app development, marketing and communications, social science and public policy, and fostering their involvement in tangible climate action projects sponsored by public-private partnerships such as <a href="https://p4gpartnerships.org/">P4G</a> and similar organizations, so diverse teams of purpose driven women can come together, work on innovative solutions for climate action, and receive recognition and support for implementing their solutions at scale;</li><li>Creating a platform to (1) showcase female climate action champions, their innovative solutions and the public-private partnerships that support them, and (2) quantify the benefits and effectiveness of engaging women and girls in climate actions;</li><li>and other solutions.</li></ul><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:24px"><strong>Datasets: </strong></span></p><ul><li><strong>SDG.org<br /></strong>o <a href="http://www.sdg.org/search?groupIds=c15ae34432ee46b49e3533668ae63d79">On Global Goal Number 4: Quality Education</a></li></ul><p>o <a href="http://www.sdg.org/search?groupIds=25e04240b93f498e96427bd633b98dbc">On Global Goal Number 5: Gender Equality</a></p><p>o <a href="http://www.sdg.org/search?groupIds=a334f601cbce43e4b47b0de8aa1a5b38">On Global Goal Number 13: Climate Action</a></p>
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