E Co. bites: How important is gender in the GCF?

22 May 2020, Category: All insights, E Co. bites, News, Tags: , , ,

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Speaker: Imelda Phadtare

Question: How important is gender to the GCF?

The GCF is the first climate finance mechanism that considers Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment essential to its decision-making for the deployment of climate finance. Gender is often seen as a niche subject or sadly as an afterthought or unstructured add-on, but the GCF approach is different!

The fund actually requires that you fully integrate gender within its projects. This means understanding localised context and social dynamics, needs, roles and priorities of men and women.

During project preparation a Gender Analysis may be conducted to identify and address these areas meaningfully. In essence, the GCF recognises women are typically more vulnerable in climate impacted scenarios, yet underrepresented during climate financing and programming. GCF seeks to correct this through provisions for gender mainstreaming to offer a more resilient future for all stakeholders.

At E Co. we recognise that full gender representation would equate to roughly 50% female enagement in projects and believe this would deliver more progressive results as women would then access more vocational, educational and financial parity with men, and therefore form an active part of the decision-making and governance in their respective communities.

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