African Civil Society Round Table Discussion on Mainstreaming Gender and Reproductive Health in Climate Change Dialogue Process
Date: 14th October, 2013 Time: 7.30pm – 9.30 Pm
Venue: Peermont Metcourt, Gaborone, Botswana
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Although gender and reproductive health is no longer a contested issue in the continent development, there has been very little focus on women and especially in climate change debates. There are many reasons for this, but perhaps the foremost is that there has been very low understanding of the critical link between Reproductive Health, Gender, climate change and development in the continent. It has been established that climate change increases gender inequality, reproductive health issues in addition to the historic disadvantages of limited access to resources, restricted rights, decision making, increases their vulnerability to climate change. However, our focus will not be on women’s vulnerability, but on their role important agents of change with a lot of useful knowledge and experiences.
The round table discussion organized on the sidelines of the Pre AMCEN Civil Society Consultative Workshop/UNEP MGSF will be one of the PACJA’s efforts aimed at catalyzing stakeholder consultation and generate joint action recommendations on Gender, reproductive health and climate change by key stakeholder in regard but not limited to the current UNFCCC negotiations. In addition, it will also be an opportunity to build the capacity of stakeholders from both state and non-state actors on Gender, Reproductive Health and Climate Change issues to enable them engage effectively in influencing key processes both at national and International levels for Gender, Reproductive health and climate change sound policies. This will also be part of PACJA’s continued efforts in recognizing the role of the Indigenous women who have a central role to play in the advancement of Indigenous peoples’ human rights and well-being and we welcome the opportunity to advance this role.
The Objectives of the round table discussion will be to:-
a) Consolidate efforts aimed at advocating for the mainstreaming of climate change, Gender and Reproductive Health related risks into decision making at local, National and International levels;
b) Enhance information management and effective dissemination of climate change, Gender and Reproductive Health knowledge base;
c) Enhance Networking and collaboration of all stakeholders through engagement in Climate Change, Gender and Reproductive Health issues aimed at reducing the vulnerability of women to the impacts;
d) Consolidate efforts in Lobbying the governments and all the International partners to recognize the vital urgency of reproductive health and gender equality in the growing climate change crisis and bring out gender concerns in all UNFCCC and other related processes;
The Key deliverables of the activity will be:-
a) Increased understanding of nexus between Climate Change, Gender, Reproductive Health and individual Sectoral work hence more African countries develop gender and reproductive health responsive climate policies;
b) Enhanced understanding and awareness on current issues on Climate change, Gender and Reproductive health;
c) Increased Capacity among the non state actors hence the ability to influence policies at national and also at the Regional level.