This query includes a rapid evidence review of disability and climate resilience alongside a two-day rapid mapping of climate resilience programmes which seek to include people with disabilities in some way.
As specialists in gender equality and social inclusion, climate justice is a priority for us. Climate change is making existing inequalities worse and having profound impacts on the people and communities we work with.
We bring our gender equality and social inclusion expertise to the climate change space and mainstream climate justice throughout our work.
What is Climate Justice?
Our vision is for a just, sustainable and resilient world with equitable solutions to the climate crisis.
The countries that have contributed the least to global warming are experiencing the worst impacts of climate change. Unequal distributions of power and resources increases the risks that people face from the climate crisis.
Women and girls, people with disabilities, and other socially excluded groups are often most affected as they are more likely to live in poverty, and less likely to have access to the information and resources they need to adapt. Responses to climate-related disasters are often not accessible for people with disabilities and don’t take into account the increased risks of gender-based violence.
The voice and inclusion of excluded groups is critical to taking the action the world needs. Inclusive climate action also creates opportunities to promote equality.
Our work in this area
Our work on climate justice brings our gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) expertise to the climate change response. We have an in-depth understanding of the wide-ranging effects of climate change and the connections with GESI.
We partner with civil society, governments and the private sector to ensure gender equality and social inclusion is at the heart of climate action. We partner with civil society to amplify their voice and promote their leadership.
We support organisations working on climate change, environmental degradation and disaster risk reduction to increase their ambition on GESI in their work by providing high-quality training, participatory GESI audits, and technical assistance.
We produce cutting edge research and guidance, highlighting the linkages between climate change and areas including disability inclusion, education, energy and infrastructure, gender-based violence, and women’s economic empowerment. We also produced the first report on integrating a gender lens in the voluntary carbon market.
This evidence digest includes a guest blog on prioritising disability inclusion in climate action, and the latest evidence and guidance on disability inclusion, at time of writing. This includes programme learning, the impacts of COVID-19, and finance for disability inclusion.
As part of our climate justice blog series we think it is important to reflect on our day to day work as a social enterprise and its effect on global health, climate and nature.
The Disability Inclusion Helpdesk is funded under the Disability Inclusive Development Inclusive Futures (DIDIF) programme, a six-year £29.25 million programme funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (2019-2025) which aims to:
Conducted by Sohna Ngum and Deborah Livingstone, this research on green growth opportunities in urban areas of Mozambique identifies sectors with the greatest potential to generate employment or economic empowerment for young people.
This briefing compliments the Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) Helpdesk's Primer on Women's Economic Empowerment and Climate Change, by considering changes in garment, agriculture, and energy supply chains to identify opportunities for the transition to a net-zero economy to deliver decent job opportunities for women.
This primer was produced through the Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) Helpdesk, identifying ten opportunities to accelerate action and raise ambition on women's economic empowerment and climate change.
This guidance note offers an introduction to how disasters are likely to increase as a result of climate change and the disproprotionate effect they have on women, particularly in terms of increasing their vulnerability to GBV. It highlights lessons from disasters in Asia and Pacific region on how to improve GBV preparedness, response and recovery.
SDDirect showcased our expertise in Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) within climate action at the UK Presidency Pavilion in Glasgow.
During COP26, Naomi Clugston, Technical Specialist at SDDirect spoke with Dr Nahid Rezwana, Associate Professor at Dhaka University; Rumana Khan, the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Cluster Coordinator for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); and Murshida Akhter, a Humanitarian Specialist for UNFPA.