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Integrating gender and security in climate adaptation: Principles for success


Men and women, and boys and girls, experience climate change, peace and security in different ways. Deeply rooted gender norms, expectations and roles lead to different impacts and shape differential coping and adaptation mechanisms for different genders, generations, ethnicities, religions, abilities or sexual orientations. Ignoring these dynamics risks creating new vulnerabilities and reinforcing existing inequalities.

To be truly fit for purpose, sustainable and context-specific solutions to security threats deriving from climate stress must be grounded in the dynamics of each context and the unique needs and insights of people in their varied social identities. Harnessing the valuable contributions of diverse stakeholders and tailoring initiatives to lived experiences of climate change, insecurity and conflict is critical to making climate adaptation decision-making and strategy development sustainable.

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