Despite various global commitments to addressing gender equality in climate policy and action, systematic implementation on the national level continues to severely lag behind. Experiences from many parts of the world have shown that gender-blind climate change and environment policies and actions can serve to exacerbate gender inequalities. On the other hand, long-term environmental sustainability and effectiveness of climate action hinges on the active participation of both women and men. While tackling gender inequality is first and foremost a moral and ethical imperative, systematically addressing gender inequalities in responses to climate change can also be one of the most effective mechanisms for reducing emissions and enhancing climate resilience.
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