The global theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) in 2021 was “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” A key part of a more equal post-COVID-19 world is increasing women’s access to leadership roles. As we move through one of the most tumultuous months for gender and politics in Australia in many years, it is time to consider the imperative of placing women at the helm of action related to climate change policy development and implementation. In particular, it is time to consider how a climate transition could become a transformative gender moment in understanding the links between gender, climate impacts, and human security.

The Global Picture

On IWD (8 March), I was fortunate to listen to Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency and Minister of State, give a Chatham House talk on “Climate Action and Gender Equality: Can we close the gap on one without the other?” She summarised the reasons a gender perspective in climate leadership is so crucial.

Two of the facts she cited really shocked me.

Please click here to read the full “It is time for gender-responsive climate action” article published at Australian Outlook, written by Griffith Asia Institute member, Professor Susan Harris Rimmer.