Climate Change: Learning from Gender Analysis and Women’s Experiences of Organizing for Sustainable Development


Dankelman, Irene. 2002. “Climate Change: Learning from Gender Analysis and Women’s Experiences of Organizing for Sustainable Development.” Gender and Development 10 (2): 21–29.

Author: Irene Dankelman


This article argues that climate change not only requires major technological solutions, but also has political and socio-economic aspects with implications for development policy and practice. Questions of globalisation, equity, and the distribution of welfare and power underlie many of its manifestations, and its impacts are not only severe, but also unevenly distributed. There are some clear connections, both positive and negative, between gender and the environment. This paper explores these linkages, which help to illustrate the actual and potential relationships between gender and climate change, and the gender-specific implications of climate change. It also provides examples of women organizing for change around sustainable development issues in the build-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), and demonstrates how women's participation can translate into more gender-sensitive outcomes.

Topics: Development, Economies, Economic Inequality, Poverty, Environment, Climate Change, Gender, Women, Gender Analysis, Globalization, International Organizations, Political Participation

Year: 2002

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