- Despite a clear mandate for addressing gender equality in climate policy and action, gender considerations tend to be sidelined or watered down at national/program levels. The Green Climate Fund is well placed to help bridge this gap and contribute toward a global vision to address gender equality and womenâ€™s empowerment in climate policy and action.
- For this, the updated gender policy of the Green Climate Fund must be guided by a â€˜gender-responsiveâ€™ approach, and hence move beyond the â€˜gender-sensitiveâ€™ approach of the current gender policy.
- The objectives of the new gender policy should be two-fold: (i) advance gender equality and womenâ€™s empowerment through climate change mitigation and/or adaptation actions; (ii) minimize gender-related risks and safeguard womenâ€™s rights in all climate change actions.
- The Gender Policy and Action Plan need to be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. This will allow for clearer sets of targets and progress indicators for assessing the Fundâ€™s contribution toward enhancing gender equality and womenâ€™s empowerment (SDG5).