Public engagement and governance issues are very common to areas such as systemic eco-innovation, climate services, nature-based solutions and sustainable supply of raw materials, and attention to socially responsible solutions (participant, cooperative, grassroots initiatives) is particularly necessary in this field. Gendered social roles, communication practices and power issues need to be taken into account. For instance, a change from a consumption-centred economy to a more sustainable model will raise issues such as identity-building processes, domestic practices, attitudes to thriftiness, etc., which are strongly gendered.1
Women-led action research on the impacts of climate change
The feminist participatory action research (FPAR) project, supported by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD) was led by 9 grassroots women’s organizations from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand to conduct research in their communities to document the impacts of climate change on their lives and to take actions to build a local climate justice movement. The participants are not objects of research but rather the subjects who participate in research process, and control the use of the outcomes. The research found that rising sea level, warming temperatures, erratic rainfall, extreme typhoons and false climate solutions like REDD+, are some of the major climate impacts in the Asia Pacific region.
Source: Women and Gender Constituency (2015). Gender-Just Solutions. (p.41)
- 1. Source: H2020-AG-GENDER (2015), p. 8