This toolkit is designed to strengthen the capacity of national government staff and assist them in integrating gender equality into the development of National Communications (NCs). It is recognized that NC reporting processes can be a meaningful entry point for training, awareness-raising and capacity-building efforts. Preparation of reports can also influence other, ongoing climate change planning and policymaking processes.
This toolkit can also inform sector policies related to both social and natural resource issues.
The toolkit presents rationales for gender-responsive NCs and approaches for integrating gender into NC reports. It also provides context and information on a range of issues; good practice examples; and lessons learned. Issues examined include:
- How climate change impacts men and women in sectors such as energy, agriculture and waste management, as well as their different vulnerabilities to climate risks and the ways in which they seek to adapt to climate change.
- How women and men are differentially engaged in supporting or reducing greenhouse gases and how including gender analysis into greenhouse gas inventory reporting can contribute to reducing emissions.
- How men and women are innovating and adopting both new and old technologies to mitigate climate change.
This toolkit is primarily targeted towards government staff and other technical experts responsible for coordinating and/ or developing the National Communications and/or Biennial Update Report processes. In addition, it may be useful to:
- Gender specialists advocating for increased gender responsiveness in all national development efforts.
- Non-government and community organizations interested in engaging as stakeholders to empower women’s voices to be heard in climate change processes.
- Staff of development agencies assisting governments to implement reporting processes.
Organization of the Toolkit
The toolkit is divided into two main sections, each of which provides information and guidance to support genderresponsive National Communications. The first section provides the rationales for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment issues into climate change reporting. The second section is broken into three parts and examines approaches and information relevant to integrating gender into the required framework of NC reporting. In each section the toolkit provides references, advice, options and examples. In this way it shows that despite local circumstances, geographic differences and levels of development, gender is relevant to NCs and the topics reflected therein.