COVID-19 represents one of the biggest disruptors to sustainable development, human rights and gender equality in our lifetimes. People who are the most vulnerable and marginalised, particularly women and girls both in developed and developing countries, are the hardest hit by both COVID-19 and the effects of climate change.
Recovery measures provide huge potential for jointly tackling the COVID-19 and climate crises, particularly through stimulus packages, which could be mobilised to accelerate the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energies, to build resilience and address gender inequality.
This will require women, particularly those most affected by climate change and COVID-19, having a meaningful voice in how these policies and spending decisions are shaped. Our research, and long term experience of delivering climate adaptation programmes, tells us that programmes and policies that do support women’s voices are more likely to take into account their needs, promote gender equality and benefit communities overall.
I chaired a panel of brilliant speakers including:
Edith Ofwona Adera, Principal Climate and Green Growth Officer, African Development Bank
Abul Kalam Azad, Government of Bangladesh Special Envoy for the Climate Vulnerable Forum
Camilla Born, Deputy Strategy Director COP26, Cabinet Office, UK Government
Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network International
Franceline Jimenez, Project Manager – Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards, CARE Philippines
Hilda Nakabuye, Founder, Fridays for Future Uganda
Panel starts at 04:33.