In recent negotiations based on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), international geopolitical power dynamics have been reproduced and economic lobby groups, although formally belonging to the group of civil society observers, have commanded a great deal of power. The influence of the rest of civil society on the negotiators has depended greatly on their ability to make themselves heard. This has been attempted by joining large coalitions, holding side events, exhibitions, mobilizations or whenever possible securing an invitation to join the official delegations of their governments. The status quo is unsatisfactory. It raises political, economic and social questions at various levels; from the small scale at the local community level up to the larger scale on the regional and global levels. In this article, the Jordanian agricultural engineer, Fidaa Haddad, reflects on the implication of climate change on gender in the MENA region. She also focuses on some cases such as Jordan who’s becoming a leading country in developing gender and climate change action plans; and Morocco who is taking real steps towards gender equality in climate actions. The author also explains how political fluctuations in Egypt are threatening gender equality.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.