Gendered vulnerabilities to climate change: insights from the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia

Rao, Nitya ORCID:, Lawson, Elaine T., Raditloaneng, Wapula N., Solomon, Divya and Angula, Margaret N. (2019) Gendered vulnerabilities to climate change: insights from the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia. Climate and Development, 11 (1). pp. 14-26. ISSN 1756-5529

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Emerging and on-going research indicates that vulnerabilities to impacts of climate change are gendered. Still, policy approaches aimed at strengthening local communities’ adaptive capacity largely fail to recognize the gendered nature of everyday realities and experiences. This paper interrogates some of the emerging evidence in selected semi-arid countries of Africa and Asia from a gender perspective, using water scarcity as an illustrative example. It emphasizes the importance of moving beyond the counting of numbers of men and women to unpacking relations of power, of inclusion and exclusion in decision-making, and challenging cultural beliefs that have denied equal opportunities and rights to differently positioned people, especially those at the bottom of economic and social hierarchies. Such an approach would make policy and practice more relevant to people’s differentiated needs and responses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender,vulnerability,semi-arid regions,africa,india,water scarcity,sdg 6 - clean water and sanitation,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/clean_water_and_sanitation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 12:30
DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2017.1372266

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