COP26: Women still excluded from top climate table

COP26, the climate talks considered the last chance to put the world on track to meet its climate ambitions, is “recognising and celebrating” gender equality and the empowerment of women in climate policy and action. However, women are still missing at the top climate table.

Women bear the brunt of the climate crisis, COP26 highlights

The recognition of what women contribute, or can contribute, to the survival of the planet and to development remains limited. Gender inequality and social exclusion continue to increase the negative effects of unsustainable and destructive environmental management on women and girls.

UK boost to advance gender equality in climate action

At its COP26 Gender Day on Tuesday 9 November, the UK will announce £165 million to tackle climate change while addressing the inequalities that make women and girls more vulnerable to climate change and empowering them to take climate action.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Celebrating Gender Day at COP26

The Glasgow Women’s Leadership Statement on gender equality and climate change acknowledges the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women and girls. It also celebrates the role of women leaders at all levels in addressing the climate crisis, and commits signatories to increased support for women and girls’ climate action.

On gender day at U.N. climate talks, a call for action that empowers women and girls

Around the world, women will experience heightened risk in the face of climate change. From slow-onset disasters to abrupt environmental shocks, women are more exposed to economic instability, displacement, sexual violence and death, especially in the context of the global south. For younger women, this could prompt removal from school or early marriage.

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Launch of the Network at COP25

A new formal network of senior women negotiators was launched by Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi, SBSTA Vice-Chair, and Stella Gama, SBSTA Rapporteur and ecbi Gender Advisor, at a side event at COP25 in Madrid, on 4 December 2019.  “I am immensely proud of launching the peer-to-peer network for female negotiators in Madrid, and the Oxford gender meeting in March [2019] was instrumental for getting this off ground,” Dr Anger-Kraavi said.

COP26: Why Are Women Still Missing At The Top Climate Table

 Examining the wider composition of the U.K. COP26 team, there is higher representation of women (45%), but their roles tend to relate to event organizing, or they serve as Advisors rather than the core team members. This gendered division of labor at the COP26 leadership team is characteristic of wider systemic issues in climate negotiations.