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Integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment in climate projects takes time, effort and targeted action. Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) in Vietnam and their members have developed practical tools and shared experiences in using them.
Their lessons can help other civil society organisations “take into account the differentiated needs and capacities of women and men” - the criterion E2 in the Joint Principles for Adaptation. See the key initiatives below:
  1. A “how to guide” that provides practitioners with concrete steps and contextualized recommendations on how to integrate gender into climate change and disaster risk reduction.
  2. A training workshop on how to mainstream Gender in climate change adaptation design, conducted together with the Vietnamese Forest and Delta Programme, CARE Vietnam and Oxfam VN on 1-3  July in Hanoi,
  3. A gender task force within the network that seeks to promote gender equality in the climate change field and to develop best practices that have proven to work well in the Vietnamese context,
  4. Introducing and highlighting the need for gender equality in formal and informal meetings with government partners of the Ministry for Environment and the Agriculture Ministry


Concrete steps Vietnamese NGOs take to tackle the gender gap

Making it count: How to integrate gender into climate change and disaster risk reduction is a practical how-to-guide that the network developed lead by CARE Vietnam and GIZ in several multi-stakeholder rounds over the course of one year. Apart from discussing critical questions across a wide range of relevant activities, it also proposes specific actions to address the issues raised. While it is designed with the Vietnamese context in mind, it may also be a useful tool for practitioners and Southern Voices partners in other parts of the world. Access the guide here. 
For more information about CARE Vietnam's integration of gender equality in climate change programs, access the CARE Vietnam Learning Series - short publications about CARE Vietnam's key issues and highlights within this topic.  

CCWG also conducted a two-day workshop in Hanoi, attended by a large number of donors, practitioners and researchers, aiming to narrow the gender gap by improving capacities to design programs that are gender equitable. The event “How to integrate gender equality into climate change adaptation (CCA) design” covered basic questions as well as more advanced issues, and it provided room for practicing gender responsive project planning. See course material explaining basic and strategic gender interests. 

Frameworks are useful when they generate conceptual clarity and help to guide and sharpen our analysis. However, as one of the participants pointed out it: “These frameworks are so complicated. How can we apply this in our daily work?”. As a response, the presentation and discussion of case studies from Vietnam, by the participants themselves, linked the content of the workshop to the current practical work of those attending. Also attending at the workshop was the Regional Facilitator of Southern Voices and representative from Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), Mrs. Vositha Wijenayake, who contributed with a regional perspective to the workshop.

From Theory to Practice: Engaging with the government to improve practice on gender

The interest generated by the workshop led to a task force on gender being established within the Network. This way, the momentum can be maintained and gender equality in climate change response can be promoted through capacity building, advocacy and communication. A collection of case studies from within the network will be carried out as a next step to address the climate change and gender nexus, and make it further operational in the Vietnamese context, especially targeting government officials. 

Two memorandums of understanding with both the Environment (MONRE) and Agriculture Ministry (MARD) aimed at better cooperation and coordination provide CCWG with a sound working basis for highlighting the importance of gender equality in Vietnam’s climate change response. Another milestone of the network’s engagement with policy makers has just been initiated: NGOs, Agriculture Extension Centre and Office for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture (OCCA)-MARD will develop a joint guideline featuring  selected climate change resilient livelihoods where the promotion of integrating  gender aspects and improving gender equality will be a core element. Additionally, the Ministry of Environment requested CCWG and CARE to provide feedback to the UNFCCC on the national mapping of decisions and documents on gender and climate change.   

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Regional Facilitator, Asia & Pacific

profile vosithaVositha Wijenayake

Vositha joined Climate Action Network (CAN) South Asia in early 2013 as Advocay and Outreach Officer.

Vositha is a CAN Leadership Development Program Fellow (2012-) and former Executive Coordinator of the Sri Lankan Youth Climate Action Network (SLYCAN).

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