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Why gender into climate policy?
Different genders contribute differently to the causes of climate change.
Individual carbon footprints are a product of gendered roles, responsibilities and identities.
The impacts of climate change vary by gender.
Due to their socially constructed roles and attributed responsibilities, climate change mitigation puts additional burdens to WLINTA* (women, lesbians, inter, non-binary, trans, agender people), e.g. for family and community care. For the same reasons, they are often more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Moreover, attitudes, preferences and capacities to respond to climate change vary by gender.
As different roles in society result in different attitudes towards policies and measures, WLINTA* tend to more strongly reject high-risk technologies and limited technological approaches, preferring a more holistic approach, including changes to lifestyles, but often face constraints to contribute to mitigating climate change and adapt to its impactsns to WLINTA* (women, lesbians, inter, non-binary, trans, agender people), e.g. for family and community care. For the same reasons, they are often more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Climate policies and measures affect people differently, depending on gender and other axes of discrimination.
This is due to socio-economic factors, such as disparities in income and occupational choices. Climate policy needs to recognise and integrate gender dimensions to become more effective and to be respectful of human rights.