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The Women’s Caucus at UNFCCC presented Gender Champion of the Week Award

Key global leaders have been referring to the need to focus on women as agents of change and gender-sensitive approaches in all aspects of climate policies and programmes, but little commitment remains in the current drafted texts

16.12.2009 | WECF news

Through the Gender Champion of the Week Award The Women's caucus honoured two countries which have continued to promote a strong gender focus in the negotiations of COP 15 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Sascha Gabizon of WECF presented the first GENDER CHAMPION AWARD to the Minister of Environment of GHANA. She said, “we want to honour that Ghana has committed itself to the promotion of gender in climate change adaptation and mitigation, through:

  • Setting up a focal point on gender and climate change at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Collaboration between the gender focal point of the EPA with other government institutions such as the Ministry of Women's and Children's Affairs (MOWAC) and civil society organizations such as ABANTU for Development to incorporate gender responsive measures in combating desertification in Ghana.
  • Incorporating gender issues and indicators into the proposal for the National Adaption Plan to ensure that the differential experiences, knowledge and perspectives of women and men become core issues to be addressed.
  • Having developed a gender responsive national disaster risk management/reduction plan/programme by the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in collaborating with civil society.

Furthermore, at the climate summit, the Ghana Team is promoting gender sensitive approaches, as were evident from the president's speech, the speech of the Minister of Environment, and presentations on REDD, adaptation, and capacity building.

Sascha Gabizon handed the Minister a “no-energy flashlight”, to “shine light on the path towards an equitable global climate agreement”.

The second GENDER CHAMPION AWARD was presented to ICELAND, for including a strong gender language into the “shared vision” document last Friday.

The award was handed over to the winners during the side event "Climate Change -- Women as Agents of Change" which included the ministers of environment of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ghana and The Gambia.

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