Gender Equality in Combatting Climate Change: The African Context

Gender equality is recognised as a fundamental human right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). In all spheres of life, it is a powerful driver for growth and social justice, and a requirement for achieving sustainable development. Within the climate change arena, it is fundamental to combatting climate change effectively. The significance of gender equality is expressed in numerous national, regional and international legal instruments, aimed at eliminating discrimination based on gender. This policy briefing emphasises the importance of gender equality in the fight against climate change, with special reference to Africa. Among the key recommendations is the need for genuine progress towards integrating gender equality into solutions to combat climate change. Ultimately, this will require profound and systemic change involving gender mainstreaming and transformation of gender relations and societal structures.