ISDP-KWDI Webinar on Gender and Climate: Towards Promoting Inclusive Peace and Strengthening Global Partnerships

Thursday 30 May 2024 / 09:30 - 10:30 / Zoom

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2024 ISDP-KWDI Webinar in Commemoration of the International Day for Women, Peace, and Disarmament – Gender and Climate Security: Towards Promoting Inclusive Peace and Strengthening Global Partnerships

In many parts of the world, the impacts of climate change (i.e., rising temperature, droughts) often cause increased competition over resources, migration, and displacement, exacerbating conditions that threaten peace and security. Pre-existing gender norms and power structures deepen inequality and leave certain groups disproportionately vulnerable. For this reason, it is important to accurately examine and understand climate change and conflict from a gender perspective. Nevertheless, from a total of 107 countries with 1325 National Action Plans, only 18 countries mention the climate crisis, and 7 countries specifically have targeted goals to address the climate crisis. More attention and efforts are needed in the area of gender and climate security.

Against this backdrop, this webinar aims to provide an overview of ongoing efforts to integrate climate issues within the existing WPS agenda in different country contexts, and to review the lessons learned from their experiences. Additionally, the webinar will discuss effective strategies to build and strengthen global partnerships to promote inclusive peace.

Speakers:

Claire Hawkins is a Women, Peace and Security expert currently working in the Asia and Pacific region supporting UN Women to develop a guidance paper on integrating climate change into National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security. She comes to this role with over 14 years’ experience on Women, Peace and Security in Ireland, Geneva, New York, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Previous to this Claire was working with the Women, Peace and Humanitarian Fund in Geneva coordinating the Rapid Response Window on women’s participation in peace processes. Before joining the WPHF, she led the Women, Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action team with UN Women in Uganda where she has developed and implemented UN Women’s leadership, empowerment and protection programmes in the Uganda’s refugee responses and supported the development and implementation of the Ugandan National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325. Core to this role was supporting peace and security institutions and organisations to increase women’s participation and leadership in peace building and mediation processes and, in the review and design of national WPS policies.  Claire has also worked with UN Women in Zimbabwe, UN OCHA in Geneva on Gender Financing for Humanitarian Pooled Funds and with NGOs Care International, Goal and Concern in Rwanda, Kenya and Ireland.

Jiso Yoon is the Director of the Center for International Development and Cooperation at the Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI). She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University (USA). Prior to joining KWDI, she held academic positions at Ochanomizu University (Japan), and the University of Kansas (USA). She has published widely on women’s political representation, gender and political behavior, and policy advocacy in South Korea and Japan. In 2023, she led a research project commissioned by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) in South Korea evaluating the implementation of South Korea’s 1325 NAP and suggested ways to advance the women, peace, and security agenda in the future through the 1325 NAP.

Charlotte dos Santos Pruth has over two decades of experience working with development cooperation and women’s rights, and the last 14 years with the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation. During three years prior to Kvinna till Kvinna, she worked in northeast Brazil with an NGO organising rural workers with a focus on women and youth. During her years at Kvinna till Kvinna, Charlotte has developed policies and advocacy strategies on civic space, economic gender justice and the nexus of gender, ECC and conflict. Charlotte has a background as journalist and holds a master in Communication for development.

Moderator:

Mats Engman, the Head of the Stockholm Korea Center and Distinguished Military Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy