Is vulnerability to climate change gendered? And how? Insights from Egypt

Daoud, Mona (2021) Is vulnerability to climate change gendered? And how? Insights from Egypt. Regional Environmental Change, 21 (2). ISSN 1436-3798

[thumbnail of Published_Version]
PDF (Published_Version) - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (344kB) | Preview


Most climate change literature tends to downplay the gendered nature of vulnerability. At best, gender is discussed in terms of the male-female binary, seen as opposing forces rather than in varying relations of interdependency. Such construction can result in the adoption of maladaptive culturally unfit gender-blind policy and interventions. In Egypt, which is highly vulnerable to climate change, gender analysis of vulnerability is almost non-existent. This paper addresses this important research gap by asking and drawing on a rural Egyptian context ‘How do the gendered relational aspects of men’s and women’s livelihoods in the household and community influence vulnerability to climate change?’. To answer this question, I draw on gender analysis of social relations, framed within an understanding of sustainable livelihoods. During 16 months of fieldwork, I used multiple ethnographic methods to collect data from two culturally and ethnically diverse low-income villages in Egypt. My main argument is that experiences of climate change are closely intertwined with gender and wider social relations in the household and community. These are shaped by local gendered ideologies and cultures that are embedded in conjugal relations, kinship and relationship to the environment, as compared across the two villages. In this paper, I strongly argue that vulnerability to climate change is highly gendered and therefore gender analysis should be at the heart of climate change discourses, policy and interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change,egypt,gender,livelihoods,vulnerability,global and planetary change,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2306
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science
Related URLs:
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2021 00:09
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 02:46
DOI: 10.1007/s10113-021-01785-z


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item