By Tendai Guvamombe (Climate Change Reporter)
Zimbabwe has moved a step further in incorporating gender mainstreaming, sensitivity and responsive approach in climate change national programmes. This will be key in ensuring integration of gender in climate action planning and implementation processes.
The government has already engaged different sectors, a move that spearheaded capacity building and enhancement of institutional arrangements which will ultimately feed into the revision of Zimbabwe’s Nationally Determined Contributions(NDCs).
In the latest development Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and the Ministry of Women Affairs, with technical and financial support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) validated Gender Analysis Report and Gender Action Plan.
The two important documents went under validation last Friday after holding a Training of Trainers Workshop from 12-17 October in Nyanga.
In a speech read on behalf of Environment Permanent Secretary Ushemunesu Munodawafa by the Director Climate Change Management Department Washington Zhakata said adoption of Gender Action Plan(GAP) will go a long way in allowing women’s empowerment through inclusion in areas of Climate Change.
“The Gender Action Plan (GAP) is a significant milestone for the advancement of gender equality and women empowerment. This calls for inclusiveness as well as gender sensitive and responsive policies, programs and projects within all climate change elements of mitigation, adaptation, capacity building, technology transfer and finance.”
The validations are in line with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) during the 2019 Conference of Parties where Gender Action Plan was among topical issues.
Commissioner Naome Chimbetete from the Zimbabwe Gender Commission said the two documents speaks to adress the existing gaps in the legal policy frameworks on gender mainstreaming.
“Both GAP and Gender Analysis Report speaks to some of the gaps identified in our legal frameworks. The National Constitution of 2013 upholds gender equality as one of its principles. Gender mainstreaming has also been embedded as a critical strategy for the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment across all sectors.”
“The revised National Gender Policy of 2017 also has climate change as one of its thematic areas to which gender sensitive programming and inclusivity has to be fostered in order to attain inclusive sustainable development.”
Mrs Tariro Chipepera Acting Director Community Development, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development said the documents will be instrumental in ensuring a gender responsive climate action through inclusiveness and maximized development.
“Both Gender analysis report and Gender Action Plan seeks to ensure that gender aspects are factored into the NDC revision processes by leveraging analysis, strengthening institutional mechanisms and ensuring gender responsive climate actions. A gender analysis is a very important aspect that offers an opportunity to promote inclusiveness and successful development outcomes.”
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 8 calls for the inclusion of women in all aspects of development and this becomes a the basis for government to harness gender mainstreaming in all aspects of climate action.
Implementation of both GAP and Gender Analysis Report will be an instrumental in the attainment of sustainable development and global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).