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What room for politics and change in global climate governance? Addressing gender in co-benefits and safeguards

Westholm, Lisa; Arora-Jonsson, Seema


Questions of equity, gender, power and rights are central to environmental justice in climate mitigation schemes such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Degradation). Drawing on the ideas of co-benefits arid safeguards, the strategies for challenging mainstream discourse on gender in REDD+ - from the outside and within - are examined of two organisations that have attempted to bring a political concept - gender - into the largely technical discourse of climate policy. The analysis points to the risks of co-option that women's organisations face, trying to challenge and change the mainstream discourse on gender in climate policy-making. The need for diverse and flexible strategies for resistance and influence in order to seize opportunities that may arise in countering the depoliticising force of global climate governance are highlighted.


Gender; climate change; REDD; feminist influence; empowerment; collective action

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Environmental Politics
2018, Volume: 27, number: 5, pages: 917-938

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    • Sustainable Development Goals

      SDG5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
      SDG10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
      SDG13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
      SDG15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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      Globalization Studies
      Gender Studies

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