Integrating gender and youth

G. Smith (CIAT)

African countries call for gender-inclusive climate change policies

East Africa
West Africa
Priorities and Policies for CSA
Gender and Social Inclusion

Given the enormous negative impact that climate change will have on women and youth, the CCAFS Gender and Social Inclusion Strategy calls for the gender gap to be addressed in agricultural and climate change adaptation and mitigation practices, budgets and policies. Currently, the gender gap is perpetuated by a lack of understanding of gender mainstreaming and limited consideration for gender in analysis, budgets, and data. The Gender and Social Inclusion Strategy also calls for women and youth to have a more active role in shaping policy-making and implementation, as their participation is often ignored. Historically, African women tend to lack representation in key leadership roles at levels where policies decisions are made, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has noted fluctuating, but always unequal, participation by women and youth in its global meetings.

Uganda's Speaker of the Parliament, Honorable Rebecca Kadaga, addresses a high-level meeting on gender & climate change at the Parliament Conference Hall in Uganda. Photo Credit: O Nansamba (IITA)

CCAFS is partnering with the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change and the African Group of Negotiators to support the work of the Lima Work Program on Gender to increase participation of women in policy decisions at all levels and advocate for gender-responsive climate change policies.

Since the Lima Work Program on Gender was implemented in 2014: a greater percentage of women are participating in UNFCCC meetings, linkages between climate change and gender have been enhanced, and some delegates have received training in gender-inclusive policy.

“Since COP20, the Lima Work Program on Gender has provided parties and observer organizations an opportunity for understanding the integration of gender considerations into climate change policies and capacity building,” Winfred Lichuma, Commissioner of the Kenya National Gender and Equality Commission, said. “However, continued engagement on gender and climate change in the UNFCCC (that needs to cascade down to national levels) is required. This calls for a longer work program on gender mainstreaming, gender integration, gender enhancement to augment the work that is underway.”

The Lima Work Program has been extended for three years till 2019, providing an opportunity for CCAFS and partners to ensure that evidence-based science and technical expertise on gender inform climate change policies, encourage the participation of women and youth in policy decisions and advocatefor gender-responsive climate change policies.


  • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • University of Copenhagen
  • African Group of Negotiators (AGN)
  • African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change (AWGGCC)
  • Women in Global Science and Technology (WISAT)