Generation Equality : Making South Africa’s Climate Change Response Gender-Sensitive

Governance and Human Rights

In the framework of the Generation Equality Forum, the Feminist Action for Climate Justice (FACJ) Action Coalition organized a webinar building on the report A gendered lens: Mainstreaming Gender into South Africa’s Climate Change Response, published in 2020 by the African Climate Reality Project, the South African Institute of International Affairs and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance. The report makes clear that as it stands now, South Africa’s response to climate change is at risk of exacerbating existing inequalities by not taking gender into account. The impacts on agriculture, rainfall, and livelihoods will have gendered implications, and yet this well-known reality is not emphasized in South Africa’s response. The use of the term “vulnerable” is common but rarely defined. This will not be sufficient to adapt to and mitigate climate change in a gender sensitive and just way. Still, all is not yet lost. South Africa can learn from international examples and could pilot them at the local level where context appropriate.

The webinar, titled “Making South Africa’s Climate Change Response Gender-Sensitive”, was held online on Tuesday 31 August 2021.The event, hosted jointly by UN Women, the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, the Embassy of France, the African Climate Reality Project, the Women Leadership and Training Program, GenderCC Southern Africa and the youth-led grassroots organisation African Climate Alliance, was designed as a virtual dialogue engaging policy makers, young people and experts. The objectives were to explain why the drive for environmental sustainability is inextricably linked with social justice and gender equality, how gender equality and climate action intersect, and to discuss how public policies include or should include gender in responses to climate change.

The event featured a keynote address by Anne Githuku-Shongwe, Regional Director of UN Women South Africa Multi-country office, who gave an overview of Generation Equality, a global campaign aimed at accelerating gender equality and women’s rights. She explained what are the implications and expectations to roll out this campaign in South Africa. Her intervention was followed by a viewing of the documentary Gender: Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality and the testimony of Sibongile Mtungwa from the Women Leadership and Training Program, discussing her experience of the effects of climate change in her community and how to work to address it by building leadership of girls and women from the grassroots.

Documentary Sibongile Mtungwa Story

Documentary on Sibongile Mtungwa’s story

This storytelling part was followed by a review of the report A gendered lens: Mainstreaming Gender into South Africa’s Climate Change Response, presented by Amy Gilliam from the African Climate Reality Project.

Then, Funanani Muremi, representing the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE), and Thivhulawi Mukwevho, from the Department of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, presented some of the policies and initiatives focusing on the gender and climate nexus.

These presentations were followed by a panel discussion with activists working on gender equality and climate change, including Gabriel Klaasen from the African Climate Alliance and Bertha Chiroro  from GenderCC Southern Africa, and a Q&A session. The closing remarks were delivered by Charlotte Lobe, COO a.i. at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Panel Discussion FACJ event, 31.08.2021

Panel Discussion during the FACJ Action Coalition event

Did you miss the event? Don’t worry, you can watch the replay here:


Logo Generation EqualityVisit: https://forum.generationequality.org/ for more information on the Generation Equality Forum and the objectives and global commitments of the Feminist Action for Climate Justice Action Coalition.

The Generation Equality Forum (GEF) is a global gathering to accelerate gender equality actions and marks the 26th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.


 

You might also like

Job Offer: Communications Officer

The French Institute of South Africa is seeking to appoint a Communications Officer. The position is based in Braamfontein,...

Launch of the IFprofs South Africa platform

From November 16 to 29, 2017, two facilitators toured the country to introduce the new IFprofs South Africa platform....

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In line with their commitment to promoting gender equality and tackling gender-based violence, the Embassies of France and of...

Podcast – “Cuba and Africa, 1959–1994: Writing an Alternative Atlantic History”

Discover more about the relationships between Cuba and Africa in a podcast dedicated to the publication of “Cuba and Africa,...

Let's get social
French Institute of South Africa

French Institute of South Africa

8,713

Your French / South African cultural agenda in South Africa. Follow us and don't miss out anymore!

This message is only visible to admins.
Problem displaying Facebook posts. Backup cache in use.
Click to show error
Error: The user must be an administrator, editor, or moderator of the page in order to impersonate it. If the page business requires Two Factor Authentication, the user also needs to enable Two Factor Authentication. Type: OAuthException
Screening French Institute of South Africa ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS📢 | Project submissions for the 13th edition JUMPSTART, presented by the Durban FilmMart SA Institute in partnership with the French Institute of South Africa and ATELIERS PRODUIRE AU SUD are now open.Jumpstart is an incubator programme designed to introduce emerging filmmakers to writing and packaging. Focussing on project packaging for the international market, filmmakers are introduced to key techniques and tools for scriptwriting and storytelling processes. Projects will be guided by script consultants from South Africa and FranceDeadline: 28 February, 23:59 CATFor more about the project submission criteria, and how to submit your project, please visit: www.durbanfilmmart.com Festival des 3 Continents ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook