How does climate change adaptation policy in India consider gender? An analysis of 28 state action plans

Singh, Chandni, Solomon, Divya and Rao, Nitya (2021) How does climate change adaptation policy in India consider gender? An analysis of 28 state action plans. Climate Policy, 21 (7). pp. 958-975. ISSN 1469-3062

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Abstract

Gender mediates climate vulnerability and adaptation action. Consequently, climate change adaptation policy has seen a push towards ‘mainstreaming’ gender and prioritizing ‘gender-responsive’ climate action. However, it is unclear to what extent this mainstreaming advances or obscures gender considerations and whether current climate policies reflect developments in the gender and climate change literature. This paper explores how gender is operationalized in adaptation policy in India through a policy review of 28 State Action Plans on Climate Change. We juxtapose normative goals around reducing differential vulnerability with policy approaches to mainstreaming gender and propose entry points that link advances in gender and feminist studies with climate change adaptation policy. Our analysis indicates that most subnational climate policies in India explicitly mention gender as a mediator of vulnerability and adaptive capacity but operationalize it inadequately and unevenly. We also reflect on how the heuristics of mainstreaming get operationalized in policies (gender-blind, gender-sensitive, to gender-transformative approaches) and what that means for addressing gendered vulnerability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change,india,adaptation,gender,intersectionality,mainstreaming,global and planetary change,environmental science (miscellaneous),atmospheric science,management, monitoring, policy and law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2306
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 01:50
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 01:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80658
DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2021.1953434

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