Importance of Women in Climate Change Discourse

The Commonwealth Gender Integration for Climate Action report found that the “underrepresentation of women in climate policies and plans, poor access to climate finance, technologies, and lack of capacity for effective decision-making compounds inequality.” 

 

Saint Lucia is an example of how important it is to focus on both gender equality and climate change. Saint Lucia's Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer stated that “women have assumed entrepreneurial roles over regular farming skills, in women-only farming groups. Consequently, as entrepreneurs, women can actively influence the strategic decision-making requirements necessary for the agriculture sector to become more climate-resilient.”

The Commonwealth, Women, and Climate Change

Overall, 65 percent of Commonwealth countries include gender as a cross-cutting or mainstreaming priority in new or updated National Development Strategies.