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(UNDERSTANDING) THE NEXUS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, HEALTH, AND GENDER TOWARDS TRANSITIONING TO THE BETTER NORMAL: A GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY DIALOGUE ON LEARNING FROM CLIMATE CRISES AND THE PANDEMIC


BACKGROUND

Climate Change is the defining threat of our time, it exacerbates the many threats, on ones well-being, survival and access to services, including education, water and sanitation, nutrition and health. Women are more than 50% of the world’s population, but are still a minority compounding their risks and greater burdens from climate change impacts, especially those living in poorest and vulnerable situations. Their lack of participation in climate-related planning, policy-making and implementation widens the gender gap and development globally.

In the Philippines alone, various gender issues emerge from the COVID19 pandemic and the onslaught of extreme weather events of recent and in the past. These ranges from vulnerability to sexual abuses, mental health issues and inaccessibility to health care facilities: some of which are apparent in visible form), some left in the shadows, both needing closer analysis and due consideration.

Thus, this event aims to create a platform for stakeholder dialogue to surface the interlinkages of gender, climate and health towards developing a joint agenda of the government and civil society on enhancing climate change, health, and gender policy implementation and monitoring towards the better normal.

OBJECTIVES

- To create an enabling platform for dialogue on the nexus of health, climate and gender dimensions that could result into policy-formulation and improve monitoring of the National Climate Change Action Plan
- To surface entry points in updating policies on mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) in climate change and health discussions;
- To revisit the roles and strategies of government institutions and civil society in the implementation of GAD-, Climate-, and Health-related policies

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

The target participants for the event are the following:
- Government organizations
- Civil Society Organizations

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM

Option 1

Time Topic Speaker Remarks
Opening Preliminaries Moderator
Welcome Remarks
CCC
ICSC
Keynote Message PCW
Session 1: Policies on Gender and Climate Change
Gender and Climate
Change Overview
CCC Targets the “What” and
“How” in terms of (is the) integration of GAD in the climate change actions of the government?
Climate Change in Beijing Platform for Action and CEDAW PCW What is the integration of climate change in the BfPA and CEDAW mandates?
Sub-national efforts to mainstream gender and climate change in local development plans DILG Presentation on existing plans and policies regarding gender and climate change; what is the added value? Is it possible to integrate GAD and CC in local development plans?
What are challenges faced in integrating GAD and CC in LDPs?
How can climate change gender issues be addressed through the GAD plan/fund at the local level?
Session 2: Advocacy
Health and Climate
Change
CCC NPTE Health, Gender and Climate (focusing on COVID, Climate-induced and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights)
Key points on Climate Change and Gender Nexus (Policy and Advocacy) ICSC
Closing Remarks CCC

Option 2
Time Session Speaker
5min Opening Preliminaries
(Netiquette, Acknowledgement of Participants, Agenda overview)
CCC
ICSC
10min Opening Remarks CCC
ICSC
Keynote Message PCW
5min Session 1: Challenging norms: redefining gender roles amidst climate change and the CoVID-19 pandemic ICSC
10min Discussion Starter: Gender-differentiated impacts of climate change and health crises NPTE
10min Topic 1: Managing multiple frontline roles at work and at home WomanHealth Philippines/Women in Emergencies Network – WENet Philippines
10min Topic 2: Balancing parenting and working from home Women’s Legal
and Human Rights
Bureau
10min Topic 3: Ensuring economic security amidst disasters and the pandemic Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunalaran, Inc. (Filipinas for Reform and Development: SPARK)
10min Topic 4: Women in indigenous communities Katutubong Lilak
10min Topic 5: tba
10min Session synthesis UP CWGS/
UPLB DHFDS
5min Session 2: Ensuring gender-responsive policies and measures on climate change and health
ICSC
10min Discussion starter: Climate change, gender, and health: systemic issues requiring systemic solutions UP CWGS/
UPLB DHFDS
10min Topic 6: Interface of Climate Change and Gender Policies
Key point: How is gender and development integrated in climate change policies and measures of the government?
CCC
10min Topic 7: Climate Change in Beijing Platform for Action and CEDAW
Key point: How is climate change integrated in the BfPA and CEDAW mandates?
PCW
10min Topic 8: Sub-national efforts to mainstream gender and climate change in local development plans
Key point: How are gender and climate change issues addressed through the GAD plan/fund and AIPs at the local level?
DILG
10min Topic 9: Efforts of Public Health Institutions on Mainstreaming Gender and Climate Change
Key point: How are gender and climate change issues addressed by the public health sector?
DOH
10min Panel discussion / Q&A
30min Session 3: Developing a policy agenda on the nexus of health, climate change, and gender: a stakeholder dialogue ICSC
15min Synthesis: Success, challenges, and prospects in considering the nexus of climate change and gender ICSC
10min Closing Remarks CCC
ICSC

Run time: 3.5hr

Overall moderator
Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC)
Speakers
Government:
• Climate Change Commission (CCC)
• Philippine Commission on Women (PCW)
• Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
• Department of Health (DOH)
Academe:
• CCC National Panel of Technical Experts (NPTE)
• UPLB Department of Human and Family Development Studies (UPLB DHFDS)
• UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (UP CWGS)
Civil Society Organizations:
• WomanHealth Philippines
• Women in Emergencies Network - WENet Philippines
• Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau
• Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunalaran, Inc. (Filipinas for
Reform and Development: SPARK)
• Katutubong Lilak