COP26: CARE welcomes government pledge to support gender equality in climate change response
Glasgow, 9, November 2021 – Today, Gender Day at COP26, Ministers and representatives from private sector and civil society from across the world are meeting to announce new commitments which address the links between climate action and gender equality. The day started with President Alok Sharma announcing £165 million of UK funding to progress gender equality while tackling climate change.
Francesca Rhodes, Senior Advocacy and Policy Adviser at CARE International UK said:
The UK’s announcement of £165m to support gender equality in climate change response is welcome and shows the Government recognises women and girls are central to the solutions to this crisis. The funds will be most effective if they support women and girls to lead in their communities – by targeting women’s rights organisations at the forefront of change, and the most marginalised women and girls.
There is still a long way to go ensure all climate finance and policies support gender equality, still far too little is reaching women and girls most affected by floods, droughts and extreme weather. The UK should also ensure that climate finance is new and additional to the aid budget, otherwise it doesn’t actually represent new support to the poorest countries and communities.
CARE International UK also welcomes the UK Government’s commitment to implementing the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan, and support for the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Climate Justice. Ensuring these commitments made at COP26 continue to see tangible support through financial resources and political leadership will be essential for them to translate into progress for the world’s poorest women and girls impacted by climate change.