As countries—both in the Caribbean and around the world—respond to the impacts of climate change, the question of who participates in and benefits from decision-making processes becomes increasingly important.
This two-and-a-half-day workshop on "Integrating Gender Considerations in the National Adaptation Planning Process" was co-hosted by the Government of Jamaica, Climate Change Division (CCD), UN Women, and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, from September 18th-20th. Gender and climate change focal points from Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Antigua and Barbuda worked together to identify critical next steps for how to integrate gender considerations into national adaptation plans and policymaking.
Addressing gender inequality was identified as a critical issue throughout the workshop, to ensure the effectiveness of climate change adaptation processes, as well as for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout these collaborative and engaging presentations and activities, participants forged strong partnerships across ministries, gained a shared understanding of gender and climate change issues, and developed pathways forward for ensure adaptation processes are gender-responsive.