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23 Nov 2015

Katherine J. Barrett, Alternatives Journal (Canada)

Why Gender Matters at COP21

COP21 is expected to attract over 50,000 participants…Among the nine “constituencies,”…officially recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is the Women and Gender Constituency. This group will work to bring gender issues to the fore of conference proceedings and outcomes…Women comprise 70 percent of the world's poor…Women…are more likely than men to die in extreme weather events and may be disproportionately affected urbanization, migration and conflict related to climate change…women hold primary responsibility for household and community food, water and energy, particularly in developing countries. When climate change affects these resources, women bear the consequences first and foremost…For these reasons, members of the Women and Gender Constituency…are working to ensure that any agreement reached at COP21 is “gender responsive.”…decision-making processes would include equal numbers of men and women at all levels… gender equality and gender justice would be incorporated…throughout the text of any binding climate agreement…

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Business & human rights at COP 21 Paris climate talks

Calls to focus on human rights in govt. & company actions