The Climate Briefing: Gender and climate policy

Why do the impacts of climate change fall disproportionately on women? And what does gender-responsive climate policy look like?

Audio Updated 29 September 2023 Published 9 November 2021 29 minute listen

Due to gender inequalities, women are disproportionately affected by climate change, and Indigenous women and women in the Global South are on the front lines of these impacts. The UNFCCC has increasingly recognised these gender-differentiated impacts and the need to support the leadership of women and girls in addressing them.

In this episode, Nina Jeffs explores the relationship between gender and climate change. First she speaks with two young climate justice activists - Renata Koch Alvarenga and Zainab Yunusa - to find out more about how climate change is affecting women and girls in Brazil and Nigeria, and how women and girls are leading solutions to these challenges. Then she is joined by Gotelind Alber to discover how gender-responsive approaches are being embedded within UNFCCC negotiations.

Read the Glasgow Women’s Leadership Statement on gender equality and climate change.