|More Equal - More Resilient|
Link to CARE's brief on Adaptation, Gender & Women's Empowerment
Link to: Joto Afrika issue on "Gender and CBA in Africa"
Link to: Learning event communiqué: Gender and CBA in Africa
Link to: Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa Brief on Gender
As a rights-based organisation, CARE's climate change strategy is geared towards the empowerment of poor and marginalised people. CARE is deeply concerned about constraints that the inequitable distribution of rights, resources and power–as well as repressive cultural rules and norms–place on people's ability to take action on climate change. We believe that a wide range of development goals are achievable only if decision makers at all levels recognise the unique risks faced by poor and marginalised people and their essential roles in planning, implementing and evaluating action on climate change.
Many women are denied access to new information about climate change and participation in important decision-making processes despite having unique skills and knowledge to tackle climate change including–about low risk farming, sustainable water management, family health and community mobilisation, for example–vital to effective adaptation.
For all these reasons, and because women are central to the food and livelihood security of their families, we place a special emphasis on gender equality and women's empowerment.
CARE and its partners work closely with women to find solutions tailored to their situations. For example:
In Ethiopia, pastoral women are dealing with more frequent droughts by participating in women's savings and loans groups. Through these groups and CARE's assistance, women are accessing credit to invest in more resilient livestock-raising models. Watch No Time to Recover video.
In Ghana, CARE brought community members and their local governments together to identify people most vulnerable to floods, droughts and erratic rainfall, and why. Communities and government are now working together to integrate adaptation into local development plans and to ensure that women receive the training, mentoring and opportunities they need to take on leadership roles. Open: Ghana Case Study.
In Tajikistan, CARE has helped women build simple greenhouses that effectively extend their growing season. This is crucial to household food security because climate change has brought an increase in snow pack, shifts in the length and timing of winter and increasingly erratic rainfall to communities throughout the central mountains. Go to: Tajikistan Case Study