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Climate Justice: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
A side event on the sidelines of the 2021 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Co-sponsored by the ABA International Law Section and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

The escalating risks of climate change and the current pandemic have brought to the forefront the need for urgent action to deliver smart, accessible, and sustainable solutions to close societal inequalities and climate justice gaps. Addressing these gaps is particularly urgent for women and girls because they are often among those most disproportionately affected by climate impacts. Discriminatory gender norms, unequal access to land and other resources, and the pervasiveness of gender-based violence mean that women and girls are more at risk. They also continue to have limited participation in climate-related decision-making processes. This panel of gender and climate justice champions will provide a global tour of innovative approaches for expanding gender integration into national and local climate actions.

Jan Beagle, Director–General, IDLO

Fleur Newman, UNFCCC Gender Focal Point and Focal Point for Women, UN Climate Change Secretariat (Keynote Remarks)

Dr. Ilaria Bottigliero, Director of Policy, Research and Learning, IDLO

Barbara Rambousek, Director, Gender and Economic Inclusion, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Szilvia Lehel, Gender and Climate Finance Specialist, Bangkok Regional Hub for Asia and the Pacific, UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Kehkashan Basu, Founder-President, Green Hope Foundation; UN Human Rights Champion

Joseph L. Raia, Chair, ABA International Law Section

Amy Lin Meyerson, ABA Deputy Representative to the UN (moderator)


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