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Gender, Climate Change and Security

In many fragile and conflict-affected states, climate change endangers efforts to secure peace and security while deepening gender inequalities. A growing body of research recognises the gendered impacts of climate-conflict linkages. Women often bear the brunt of conflicts over land and natural resources, climate-related displacement, and gender-based violence (GBV). 
With climate garnering attention in peace processes, peace building policy, and security sector reform, this is a critical moment to amplify women’s voices and experiences in how climate impacts increase their security risks, and to build understanding of how climate change policy and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda can be mutually reinforcing.


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This Council [UN Security Council] has long recognized and sought to strengthen women’s role in sustaining peace. Women and girls face severe risks from both climate change and conflict, and their meaningful participation and leadership brings more sustainable results that benefit more people.
Statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the Security Council Briefing on the Role of Climate Action in Maintaining International Peace and Security, New York, 23 September 2021


DCAF, with funding from the United Kingdom’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, is undertaking a project to support women’s rights organisations to put climate change on the agenda in peace and security processes in Colombia, Mali and Yemen. Those processes are designed to build networks, strengthen feminist movements and improve the inclusion of their voices into relevant national and global policymaking processes. 

Timeline of the project:

  • Webinar: "Climate Change, Gender-based Violence: Implications for the Security Sector": January 2021. Read the report of the key issues raised in the webinar.
  • National advocacy workshops on Gender, Security and Climate Change:
    • Yemen (online): 15-17 November 2021
    • Colombia (Bogota): 16-18 November 2021
    • Mali (Bamako): 14-16 December 2021
  • Publication of the Women’s Rights Organisations Advocacy Action Plans: Early 2022
  • 3-way dialogue: “Exchanges between Colombia, Mali and Yemen: Finding similarities about the impacts of climate change on security from a gender perspective”: February 2022
  • Global policy events and publications of international recommendations: 
    • Geneva, March 2022 (tbc)
    • New York, March 2022 (tbc)

In the framework of the project on Gender, Climate Change and Security funded by the UK, three “Impactful Advocacy and Strategic Engagement Workshops” were organised in Colombia, Mali and Yemen at the end of 2021. The workshops aimed to build women’s rights organisations' capacity to advocate on the issue of climate change in their country’s peace and security processes. As a result, three advocacy action plans are being developed that women will present during national and international events for relevant policy makers. :

  • Colombia: Bogota, 16-18 November, 28 women attended, more than 90% coming from outside of Bogota, coming from many different regions of Colombia
  • Mali: Bamako, 14-16 December, 33 organisations have attended, the Malian coalition on Climate Change, Gender and Security has been informally launched 
  • Yemen: hybrid format, 17-19 November, 5 clusters of women gathered in regional hubs across the country, attending online sessions in the morning and participating in working group meetings in person in the afternoon

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They attended the workshops:

Photo: Camilo Bernal - En Algún Lugar, MaliniumPictures


In many fragile and conflict-affected states, climate change endangers efforts to secure peace and security while deepening gender inequalities. To better understand these links, DCAF brought together women in Yemen, Mali and Colombia to share experiences, build knowledge and shape their policy agenda.

As a result, DCAF produced six short videos featuring women’s voices as they explore what the gender, climate change and security nexus means for them: 

  • Amplifying Women’s Voices, 
  • Double Burden of Climate Change and Gender Inequality, 
  • No Food, No Peace, 
  • Listening to Voices for Peace,
  • Focus on Yemen – Climate Activism Under Siege, and 
  • Focus on Mali – A Question of Survival

They are available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

Watch the first video below or the six videos on YouTube





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