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Making the case for gender sensitive climate policy – lesson from South Asia/IGP

Making the case for gender sensitive climate policy – lesson from South Asia/IGP PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of gender and social inequality in the agricultural sector of South Asia with a focus on wheat as a major staple crop which underpins the breadbasket of the Indo-Gangetic Plains. It provides new insights, as examined through a climate justice lens, into the status of women and socially excluded groups in the region and based on this calls for re-thinking both politically and practically on how to shape future initiatives to be more gender and socially inclusive and thereby supporting the rights of the neediest. Design/methodology/approachAn overview of research and evidence is conducted on how gender and social inequality is currently being addressed in the agricultural sector through an analysis of peer reviewed and grey literature. This is followed by a synthesis which is presented as directions and recommendations for future initiatives developed through a climate justice lens. FindingsGender and social inequality issues are rife across the IGP. This may be for many reasons including poor targeting, little capacity, lack of strategic positioning in programme and project design - all of which have enormous implications for the poorest and most marginalised communities and especially women. The need to conduct more gender- and socially inclusive focused research to enhance gender equity and equal opportunities for women and men is highlighted. The need to include a human rights-based approach to safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable affected by climate change is indicated through the gender analysis; the finding provide some guiding principles in moving towards the new 2015 climate agreement and Post 2015 Development Goals. Originality/valueThe results provide a foundation which stimulates thinking around climate justice and the contribution this approach can make to better inform future agricultural initiatives/policies to be more gender- and socially inclusive. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management Emerald Publishing

Making the case for gender sensitive climate policy – lesson from South Asia/IGP

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1756-8692
DOI
10.1108/IJCCSM-04-2015-0049
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of gender and social inequality in the agricultural sector of South Asia with a focus on wheat as a major staple crop which underpins the breadbasket of the Indo-Gangetic Plains. It provides new insights, as examined through a climate justice lens, into the status of women and socially excluded groups in the region and based on this calls for re-thinking both politically and practically on how to shape future initiatives to be more gender and socially inclusive and thereby supporting the rights of the neediest. Design/methodology/approachAn overview of research and evidence is conducted on how gender and social inequality is currently being addressed in the agricultural sector through an analysis of peer reviewed and grey literature. This is followed by a synthesis which is presented as directions and recommendations for future initiatives developed through a climate justice lens. FindingsGender and social inequality issues are rife across the IGP. This may be for many reasons including poor targeting, little capacity, lack of strategic positioning in programme and project design - all of which have enormous implications for the poorest and most marginalised communities and especially women. The need to conduct more gender- and socially inclusive focused research to enhance gender equity and equal opportunities for women and men is highlighted. The need to include a human rights-based approach to safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable affected by climate change is indicated through the gender analysis; the finding provide some guiding principles in moving towards the new 2015 climate agreement and Post 2015 Development Goals. Originality/valueThe results provide a foundation which stimulates thinking around climate justice and the contribution this approach can make to better inform future agricultural initiatives/policies to be more gender- and socially inclusive.

Journal

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 15, 2016

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