Promote gender justice

The extractive culture of the fossil fuel industry is inextricably linked to the inequality and the discrimination of women, girls, and the LGBTQ community.

Inequality and the discrimination of women, girls, and the LGBTQ community are part of the extractive culture that frontline communities should transition away from. Women and girls are often disproportionately affected by climate change and there is a scarcity of job opportunities in the clean energy sector for women and LGBTQ people. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that despite a huge gender gap between men and women overall, the potential for jobs in the green economy are greater for women. “[W]omen working in the green economy have higher earnings than other women and…the gender wage gap in green jobs is lower than in the economy overall. Women are, however, much less likely than men to work in green jobs and are particularly underrepresented in the occupations that are predicted to grow most strongly in the green sector.”[1]

Policy recommendations

100% policies should promote gender justice. Concrete policy mechanisms to achieve gender justice in 100% regenerative policies include:

  • Increase accessibility to training and apprenticeship programs for women, women of color, and LGBTQ communities
  • Set gender targets in recruitment, hiring, and retention
  • Ensure equitable wages and benefits across genders
  • Put women, women of color, and LGBTQ individuals in positions of leadership
  • Demand support for women-led enterprises.

Examples

The 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women adopted a set of Agreed Conclusions that made significant commitments to advance women’s rights and economic empowerment:

Develop and implement gender-responsive climate change policies to ensure a just and equitable transition for all towards a low car- bon, environmentally sustainable economy that contributes to the goals of decent work for all, gender equality, social inclusion and the eradication of poverty including by increasing climate financing to gender equitable transition strategies and by expanding and re-prioritizing fiscal expenditure allowing investment in public sector employment, physical and social public infrastructure, education, renewable energies managed by women, social care infrastructure and universal social protection.[2]

The Paris Agreement contains language to increase finance for gender-responsive strategies to prevent, mitigate, and manage the impact of climate change.[3]

References

  1. Hegewisch, Ariane. “Quality Employment for Women in the Green Economy.” Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2 Apr. 2013. Accessed 24 Jul. 2019.
  2. Implementation of Gender-responsive Climate Action in the Context of Sustainable Development.” UN Women, 16 Oct. 2015. Accessed 24 Jul. 2019.
  3. Just and Equitable Transitions in the Context of Climate Change.” Paris Agreement, ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition and UNESCAP CSW61 EGM. Accessed 4 Sep. 2019.