Climate Change Adaptation and Gender Mainstreaming Dialogue 2023

To draw attention to the ways in which gender and climate change intersect and towards catalysing a coordinated programme of work in this area, SANBI and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, with support from the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities co-hosted a National Climate Change Adaptation and Gender Mainstreaming Dialogue.

The Dialogue which took place on 8 and 9 March 2023 in Pretoria was a big success. Approximately 80 people were in attendance on each of the days. The presentations, reflective discussions along with the energy, excitement and commitment to gender mainstreaming in the climate change space was electrifying.

The purpose of the Dialogue was to create a vibrant space for a discussion on the gender and climate change nexus, and specifically its impacts on women. We recognise that different actors had different levels of engagement with these issues: some are well versed and already focusing on changing practices to be more gender-sensitive; whilst for others this was a new issue where there was a need to raise awareness. We created a platform for engagement, learning and capacity building of stakeholders that reflects these different starting points. The

Dialogue provided an opportunity for stakeholders who are active in the climate change and gender space to build on their practice through the sharing of knowledge, lessons and experiences in international, regional, national and local spaces, towards informing current and future project development, implementation and evaluation processes.

Gender mainstreaming and climate change adaptation are multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder processes, both requiring critical mass towards achieving a common purpose. Working in partnership is key as more can be achieved together than individually. Thus, another outcome of this event is to strengthen partnerships and networks for gender mainstreaming in climate change adaptation.

The following documents on the Dialogue are available:

Please click here to read an article on the Dialogue. Follow and engage in the discussions on twitter @SANBI_ZA #2023womenadaptingtoclimatechange

To get in contact with the Division leading on this programme of work, please email

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