Interesting question about CC and gender issue in “RESEARCH GATE” Portal

Recently I have found this question (and answers) in the reseach gate portal that could be very interesting for addressing new projects based on human rights / food security / agroforestry / women role / genetic resources conservation.
Even the content is mainly focused in water and aids I think the topic is interesting for further possible new interdisciplinary connections.
The question and the answers seem not take into account the important role of women in sustainable forest genetic resources exploitation in famine/drought periods and the capability of forest. Anyway for future proposals in our topics we should include these considerations.
I hope no violate any copyright copying and pasting this information from (Anyway I cited the source)

What is the relationship between Climate Change and the decrease of schooling of girls in Africa?

Environmental problems affect women differently than men because of the role they play in their communities.
Aug 27, 2013
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  • Thankyou for the additional information Carmen. That’s a positive and practical proposal by the IUCN at the 4th Summit on Climate Change. Considering this proposal, it is of concern that there was no follow-up in 2010.
    1 / 0 · 6 days ago
  • The various answers put forth by other above all illustrate that vulnerability (to climate stress or anything else) is socially mediated, meaning that power in social organization influences who feels the pinch most. Consequently, negative affects of coping and adaptation to climate stress (like most other stresses) is unevenly distributed with women and girls often bearing the brunt of it. This is documented elsewhere, but I would add a recent publication of mine for Oxfam which documents the gendered dynamics of vulnerability. also have co-authored an article on the gendered aspects of the interesection of vulnerability to climate and HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. The article is still in press, but has been released early online. If you don’t have access to it, please feel free to contact me for a copy.

    5 days ago
  • I think – yes, but not universal for all localities/communities…In different localities different factors act; this may lead to different responses….
    5 days ago
  • So fa r as the relationship between change and the decreasing of schooling of girl students in africa is concerned it is pertinent to mention that as africa continet is the most hottest continet and it is essential for girls to fetch drinking dr. Sachindra mohan sahu-as well as house hold water from long distances so as to cater the needs of water in their family. For this reason they bound to drop out the schooling and cater the needs.
    5 days ago
  • Thanks Todd for your articles. I can´t download the pdf of Tanzania article. I have read the Oxfam article. It´s very interesting, especially the recommendations. You wrote about the need Increasing women’s access to educational, political, and financial opportunities, this will help reduce their vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change. But I would like to know if you have researched any education program about that. In my opinion this good intentions are include in the international policy about climate change, but in reality there isn´t so much programs about that.
    1 / 0 · 5 days ago
  • Increasing women’s access to educational, political and financial opportunities will reduce their vulnerability categorically, to climate and many other things. However, I have not done any research directed at specific educational programs to this end (it is beyond my domain of expertise), though I should think that there are some analyses of NGO capacity building efforts in academic and/or grey literature.In general, this perspective proposes that adaptation is not just about using climate models for policy and planning, but it is also about enhancing and enabling greater adaptive capacity at the level of day to day livelihood practice. This deliberately (and I think appropriately) blurs the lines between climate adaptation and socio-economic development more broadly. For many social scientists, this is intuitive, but I’ve seen quite some resistance to it among biophysical scientists involved in international policy discussions on climate adaptation.

    5 days ago
  • I guess first of all there is a simple relationship between education and environmental friendly behavior. If you don´t know how to act you can´t act. So education has an empowerment manner. Secondly a better education mostly generates a higher income and low income often lead to environmental unfriendly behavior. Especially in the global south -except the local elites- and in opposite to the industrialized society where higher income generates a higher consume of nature goods. But these are only the level of personality acting and mostly household-near acting. So you would follow a feminization of environmental responsibility. If you follow the common approach of a special vulnerability, your get a victimizing of women and bringing the vulnerability of children into account too, you infantilising women.
    However I don´t believe that the personality behavior is enough. I assume that the non-personality acting like institutional acting of governments, companies, etc. has a quit higher impact on the climate change. That means not to leave the gender sensitive view, because institutional behaviors follow as well a specific way of masculinity – and feminity too.
    So I would conclude: The question is asked from a deficit point of view: less education of girls. So long as you not taking into account the effectual imagination of being a “real” men or a “real” women you do sex studies and not gender studies.
    I dare the hypothesis: Teaching men caring fatherhood and giving girls possibilities beyond motherhood and care work, is the best you can do for the environmental and against the climate change.
    4 days ago
  • There are some initiatives around the globe, especially on poorest areas under dry conditions. I will try to remember websites with those information or pick them up from my records later.
    But I agree with you that this punctual or “seasonal” actions and programs has a lack of connection among them, so they are not so effective in promote a real change in a large scale.
    4 days ago
  • I believe that we should not abuse the climate change point to take away his senses. If we get a direct link between climate change and the education of girls, you will have to first answer the link between poverty, fertility, corruption, and climate
    1 / 0 · 23 hours ago
  • This connection is farfetched to say the least. It would mean that if climate change would stop the situation of women should automatically improve? Hardly. Its a matter of resilience and adaption. The better you are prepared the less ANY change will affect you. It all boils down to education and eliminating poverty. In an equal society, climate change would have the same effect on all. Except from modelling there really are no observations supporting an increase in draughts, flooding, desert increse, rain etc. These phenomen seem to vary with the oscillations in the Atlantic and Indian oceans and are natural. It cannot be ruled out that there may be increased frequencies of the extremes in the future, but today it is not possible to make such a connection. Adressing “climate change” can be a cover-up when politicians doesn´t want to adress real issues with no uncertainties whatsoever.
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