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Mainstreaming gender in our climate action for sustainable impact
Climate change and gender inequalities are inextricably linked. On the one hand, climate change hinders progress towards gender equality and impedes efforts to reduce poverty; on the other hand, gender inequality can exacerbate the effects of climate change. Therefore, gender mainstreaming should not only be considered as an aspect requiring attention in actions to mitigate climate risks, but also as an important factor for adaptation to ensure success and sustainability. Women are not only affected by climate change differently than men, they also contribute to climate change action in a different manner. Indeed, women have a crucial role to play in supporting their families and communities and in implementing mechanisms to adapt to climate change and mitigate its negative impacts. To do this, women must be represented in decision-making at all levels in order to be able to implement innovative and sustainable responses and solutions to the environmental challenges that arise. Currently, women’s representation in different structures is limited due to various socio-economic and cultural issues. In order to create and foster an enabling environment it is essential, in addition to strengthening their managerial skills and their decision-making weight, to promote women's access to knowledge related to agroecology, agroforestry and renewable energies. It is capacity building in these areas which will enable them to develop sustainable climate resilience.