Men and women have very different carbon footprints. Climate changes affect men and women differently. Women are rarely involved in the decision-making processes when development and strategies are drawn up. During the years 1996-2011 NIKK worked around twelve different topics, one of this topics was Gender and climate change and this work was carried out 2009-2011.
In the light of the Nordic governments’ joint efforts on globalisation and a panel debate during the UN Women’s Conference 2008, the Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality have raised the need for taking gender equality into consideration in combating climate change. They recommend that a focused and efficient climate effort need to ensure that both women and men’s different life situations are taking into consideration. Both women and men’s experiences and knowledge must be included in the planning of the future work. Gender equality is a driving force for welfare and sustainability. Gender equality and equal opportunities is a prerequisite for a healthy economy and a sustainable climate effort. Read more at the Nordic Council of Ministers’ web-site, you find the link on the right side of the meny.
Back 2009 NIKK published a special issue of NIKK magasin in english, exploring the differences in the ways men and women are effected by and contribute to climate change. NIKK magasin 2/2011 is a follow-up to that issue, discussing various methods for tackling climate change where a gender perspective is crucial for the solutions.
Finland has as chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers in year 2011 a focus on climate solutions. One important contribution is the webpage on gender and climate (Equalclimate), you find the website on the menu – Further information.