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Commit to Gender-Responsive Climate Actions Now
19 Jul 2019 -  Climate change is occurring much faster than anticipated and its effects are felt world-wide. The impact of climate change on the sources of food, water, livelihoods, energy, among others, also has serious implications on women’s right to education, their economic independence, safety and well-being. Women’s and girls’ voice, agency, leadership and participation are needed for stepped-up climate action, everywhere.

UN-Women’s side event will give impetus for consistent attention to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the preparations for the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Action Summit and encourage global leaders to present gender-responsive initiatives at the Summit.

Specifically, the side event aims to:

- Present stories of women on the frontline of climate change -- the challenges they face, the constraints they encounter, and the actions and initiatives they take in the face of climate change;
- Showcase best practices of women’s leadership to address climate change and achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls; and
- Launch key commitments for gender-responsive climate actions by stakeholders.

The event will feature stories from women on the frontline of climate change and how they tackle challenges and respond through climate actions. Building on their inspirational stories, stakeholders will present systemic responses and commitments to gender-responsive climate action.