PCW, Partner Agencies Commit to Promoting Gender Equality in Climate Justice, DRRM – Manila Bulletin

Philippine agencies are committed to promoting gender equality in the context of climate justice and disaster risk reduction and mitigation (DRRM), emphasizing that meaningful participation, humanitarian action and leadership should not be gender neutral.

Key agencies and organizations that participated and shared their views on the 66th session of the UN Committee on the Status of Women (Image courtesy of the Philippine Commission on Women)

This issue was addressed during a feedback forum led by the Philippine Commission of Women (PCW) during the 66th Session of the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women (UN CSW66).

In the said forum, key agencies, organizations and partners came together and pledged to work continuously to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of climate change, as well as environment and the DRRM.

PCW President, Sandra Sanchez Montano, opened the session with a speech in which she stressed the need to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

“Women are likely to experience higher rates of mortality, morbidity and violence due to the effects of climate change and disasters. In times of crisis, unpaid care and domestic work by women and girls is likely to increase, as has also been seen during this pandemic. Due to persistent stereotypes, women continue to be underrepresented in STEM education and in decision-making processes at all levels of climate change development planning and DRRM phases of prevention and mitigation, preparedness , response, rehabilitation and recovery,” Montano said.

Role of Women in Climate Justice, DRRM

In the same feedback forum at UN CSW66, participants pledged to “accelerate progress” for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the contexts of climate change, environment and disaster.

This, according to PCW, can be possible by enabling the following strategies: enabling all genders to advocate for meaningful participation and leadership, increasing resilience through gender-sensitive strategies to cope with the impacts of climate change, providing climate and disaster risk information, as well as boosting technology and finance.

Among the strategies on which participants agreed to include the identification and elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters.

They also agreed to “encourage the leadership and participation” of women in these issues, adding that in promoting a gender sensitive and just transition, the right to work and rights at work “must be promoted”.

Meanwhile, the rally was held on May 20, 2022 via a hybrid setup with more than 200 people attending the forum, PCW said in a press release issued Thursday evening, May 26.

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