The project was initiated at the time when Kenya was formulating its Climate Change Response Strategy (CCRS) and needed to ensure gender considerations was felt by stakeholders in the climate change sector. This was motivated by the fact that Impacts and burdens of climate change (drought, floods, extreme weather events) are not equally distributed among women and men. Evidence shows that women are more affected and overburdened by the climate change impacts because of their roles and responsibilities at the household and community level.
In particular, women are responsible for food production, household water supply and energy. With the changing climate, discharge these responsibilities is getting more and more tough, and women’s exposure to risks and hazards is getting intense. It is also worth noting that women’s experience and knowledge in adapting to climate change has potential to improve policies, decision making and programming.
The project aimed at ensuring that national climate change policies and programmes benefit women, marginalized groups and the poor but also tap from their knowledge and experience. IEWM focused its activities in this project on strengthening institutional capacity for integration of gender and social issues in climate change, which acted as the lens by which the needs for diverse groups would be identified and addressed. The project also facilitated learning and experience sharing among stakeholders.
Goal and Objectives
The overall project goal is strengthened national climate change policies and programmes in response to the needs and concerns of women and men.
- To establish and raise awareness of the gendered impacts of climate change among decision makers and implementers in order to inform the implementation of the NCCRS.
- To facilitate Knowledge and information sharing and learning among national actors through an online portal and discussion blogs.
- To build institutional and individual capacities for gender mainstreaming in climate change in order to create an enabling environment for gender responsiveness.
- To strengthen the Non-state Actors (NSA) advocacy and lobbying work towards gender sensitive and inclusive programmes and policies