(CNSNews.com) – The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) released a mobile app on Tuesday for “decision-makers and advocates” to track and address gender disparities in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The app features “Women’s Participation Statistics in Climate Diplomacy” and “all official UNFCCC decisions that contain a reference to gender supporting decision-makers, negotiators advocates in mapping current decisions.”
The women’s advocacy group partnered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland, and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). They also received support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland in launching the app.
“The application will empower decision-makers and advocates alike to translate policies into action and hold governments’ accountable,” WEDO wrote in their announcement. “By compiling policies, mandates, research, decisions and actions related to gender and climate change, the app aims to highlight key gender entry points to facilitate implementation.”
Tuesday, Nov. 15, was Gender Day at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP-22) to the UNFCCC in Marrakech, Morocco and the WEDO app announcement was re-tweeted by the U.N. Climate Action official twitter account.
The UNFCC argues that gender disparity is a problem in climate change solutions, claiming on their website, “Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the world’s poor are women. Women’s unequal participation in decision-making processes and labour markets compound inequalities and often prevent women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making and implementation.”
“Parties to the UNFCCC have recognized the importance of involving women and men equally in UNFCCC processes,” they said, “and in the development and implementation of national climate policies that are gender-responsive by establishing a dedicated agenda item under the Convention addressing issues of gender and climate change and by including overarching text in the Paris Agreement.”
“Successful implementation that leaves no one behind requires gender disaggregated data to identify the gender gaps and move away from tokenistic implementation of strategies by governments towards gender inclusion and well-being,” commented Bridget Burns, the WEDO co-director.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) commented on the app’s release, that “having access to information is key for engaging meaningfully in the process of finding gender-just climate solutions. This is why the Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) is supporting the Gender Climate Tracker App.”
“It is an innovative knowledge-tool for keeping track on all the gender-decisions under UNFCCC. The Gender Climate App will guide our negotiators to lay the ground for gender-just climate solutions on a policy level. Gender-informed policies, in return, will lay the ground for gender-sensitive climate actions which are more likely to be successful,” they concluded.