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How Climate Change Fuels Gender-Based Violence: Zooming in on tools and data for gender-responsive early warning systems and effective GBV early action interventions
Event recording available:https://youtu.be/AUqMsHclJ1Y
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The Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted a special session that examined how climate change is heightening pre-existing and intersecting vulnerabilities of women and girls and is a driver of GBV risks across various contexts. The event was part of the Humanitarian Networks Partnerships Week which runs from 19 April to 7 May 2021.
The recently published GBV AoR HelpDesk learning brief on Climate Change and Gender-based violence: What are the risks? was presented at the event. The brief highlights the links between GBV and climate change, how GBV risks are exacerbated by different types of climate hazards, and how existing approaches to climate change mitigation may affect women and girls.
Every year, millions of people are forced to leave their homes because of their exposure and vulnerability to floods, tropical storms, droughts, and other sudden and slow-onset natural hazards. Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of these weather and climate hazards, which in turn exacerbates the risks and impact of disasters globally, increases the risk of new and protracted displacement and heightens the vulnerability of communities to these hazards.
Climate change has devastating protection, social and economic impacts on communities and the lives of women and girls. It heightens pre-existing and intersecting vulnerabilities of women and girls, especially of adolescent girls, women, and girls with disabilities, women, and girls from ethnic and religious minorities, women and girls with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and older women. Its impact, in turn, affects women and girls’ ability to adapt or recover from a climate-induced emergency and risks their livelihoods disproportionately.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) highlighted that when addressing climate change, principles of gender equality and empowerment of women should be respected, promoted, and considered.
The session aimed to:
- Expounded on how gender-based violence risks, including harmful practices, are exacerbated by different types of climate hazards.
- Explain how the current climate-change-related frameworks or approaches within the humanitarian system support GBV prevention, mitigation, and response efforts.
- Understand protection and GBV-related concerns for early warning, impact projections, and anticipatory action.
- Share field-level experience on effective intervention models on anticipatory action through inter-agency GBV coordination mechanisms.
- Engage clusters beyond protection to implement GBV risk mitigation measures in relation to their preparedness and early action planning.
Webinar Line Up:
Jennifer Chase, GBV AoR Global Coordinator
CLIMATE CRISIS AND GBV LINKAGES: HOW CLIMATE CHANGE FUELS GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
Emily Krasnor, Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies Specialist, UNFPA
Jeanne Ward, Consultant and author of the GBV AoR HelpDesk Guidance Climate Change and Gender-based violence: What are the risks?
EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS: ACCESSIBLE AND ACTIONABLE FOR GBV PREVENTION & MITIGATION
Jessica Gorham, Regional Emergency GBV Advisor, GBV AoR East, and Southern Africa
GBV MITIGATION AND RESPONSE: ACCESS TO FORECAST-BASED FINANCING
Rumana Khan, Bangladesh GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator
Farah Kabir, Country Director, Action Aid Bangladesh (member of the START Network)