GGGI Gender Training for Climate and Green Growth Practitioners: The Business Case for Gender Equality in Climate Action

Helsinki, Finland; September 4, 2019 –

On September 4, Ingvild Solvang, Sustainability and Safeguards Manager of GGGI facilitated a training and workshop for the Nordic Development Fund on The Business Case for Gender Equality in Climate Action in order to increase the capacity of policy and decision makers to ensure that climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts deliberately integrate gender issues for better environmental, social, and economic outcomes.

The goal of the training was to exchange experiences and lessons learned and to equip participants with an understanding of the definitions of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the context of climate action and development. “Key messages are built on growing evidence of how gender equality and women’s empowerment serve as an accelerator of climate action and development across all SDGs, and the focus is on how to incorporate gender considerations into climate action and leverage outcomes through climate finance”, Solvang said.

The training was divided into two modules, the first being on Building the business case for gender equality and women’s empowerment in climate action, and the second on Identification of Next Steps for the Institution to Strengthen Gender Mainstreaming.

By the end of the training sessions, participants were able to generate a list of suggestions, recommendations, and next steps for actions to take to improve their institutions’ internal capacity for gender mainstreaming. “This was a good opportunity for learning between institutions. The Nordic Development Fund is generating some good examples for inclusive and gender responsive approaches in climate action”, Solvang said.