4 assumptions about gender that distort how we think about climate change (and 3 ways to do better)

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 04:51:00 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Gender influences how people experience and respond to climate change. This is
particularly evident in developing nations where women and men adapt to
climatic shocks differently. Women work harder and longer, in poorer
conditions, while men are more likely to migrate to find work that’s often
insecure and unreliable.

In an article published today in Nature Climate Change, we reviewed the
literature on climate change and gender in low and middle-income countries from
the last six years. And we discovered many unhelpful assumptions still plaguing
climate change policy and research.

These assumptions hinder the pursuit of gender equality. They do this by
misdiagnosing the causes of inequality and propping up ineffective strategies
that seem like good ideas."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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