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Climate change meets gender mainstreaming at the Regional Workshop on Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture in ASEAN

On December 11th and 12th, SRD’s Executive Director, Mrs Vu Thi Bich Hop, was invited to be one of five panelist on a talkshow during the Regional Workshop on Gender and Climate Smart Agriculture in ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was organized collaboratively between the Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), ASEAN Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The workshop attracted delegates and NGO representatives from all over Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The participants were truly engaged in the workshop, as they all had to make a presentation or lead a discussion. The focus was on sharing experiences and expertise.

The regional workshop aims to support the integration of gender concerns into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Multi-Sectoral Framework on Climate Change (AFCC): Agriculture and Forestry towards Food Security. This is in line with ASEAN commitment to promote gender equality. In addition, this integration contributes to the implementation of the Vientiane declaration on Enhancing gender perspective and ASEAN women’s partnership for environment sustainability. 

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Mrs Hop and other participants on the talkshow on how gender concerns have been integrated into climate agriculture

(Photo from: http://wocan.org/resources/photos-regional-workshop-gender-and-csa-asean)

Over the two days, there were several working sessions held. After a introduction and background to the meeting were given, a session on sharing experiences, tools, and practices in gender-sensitive climate smart agriculture was held. There was also a session in how gender concerns have been integrated into climate-smart agriculture, and for identifying opportunities to include gender in climate-smart agriculture. Finally, concrete steps were developed for gender integration in climate change interventions.  Some of these recommendations included setting up a pool of experts on Gender & Climate Smart Agriculture to represent various stakeholders to support gender mainstreaming in ASEAN actions on climate smart agriculture, building the capacity of the ASEAN Climate Change Working Group to integrate gender in the design, implementation and M&E of their interventions and enhancing ASEAN mandate to develop / strengthen enforcement mechanisms.


Mrs Hop, looking at the timeline of actions to integarte gender in climate change

(Photo from http://wocan.org/resources/photos-regional-workshop-gender-and-csa-asean)

In the end, the workshop was a very successful event. It was great networking opportunity, and generated concrete actions to improve gender integration in climate change. To see a video about the event, click here.



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