Gender Equality in a Low Carbon World (GLOW)

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Gender Equality in a Low Carbon World (GLOW)

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How can we ensure that low-carbon policies and strategies take gender equality into account? How can Covid-19 recovery measures boost women’s economic empowerment?

Recent events such as Covid-19 and the Ukraine war have created economic shocks, especially in Africa and for least developed countries. Meanwhile, communities are increasingly affected by the shocks and stresses of climate change, including extreme weather events. Policies and investments should align with the ambition of the Paris Agreement, commiting countries to limiting temperature rise to 2°C and as close as possible to 1.5°C. International financial institutions and governments are pledging funds for economic recovery, stabilisation and avoidance of climate change impacts. However, most governments’ strategies for economic development are still not aligned with a 1.5°C world. And there is a long way to go, to ensure that low-carbon policies and strategies take gender equality into account.

In response, Gender Equality in a Low Carbon World (GLOW) research, together with knowledge translation partners, CDKN, and managing partner, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), will address these pressing issues and propose practical solutions.    

Project objectives

To support research on promising women-led solutions for green economies and climate action.

Project activities

Twelve action research projects were selected following an open, competitive call, based on their relevance to local challenges and clear plans to influence policies and actions.

The research projects span 17 countries* across South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and South America. They are exploring innovations for women’s economic empowerment and climate action in agriculture, forestry, land restoration and tourism. The projects are led by local research experts, who are working hand-in-hand with the people who can implement solutions.  

Please visit the GLOW website to explore the research projects and their findings in greater depth.

CDKN and ODI are running the GLOW Knowledge Translation Hub, which seeks to synthesise knowledge from across the programme, support peer learning among the projects and engage relevant international audiences with the findings. 

*The countries are: Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam.  

Project outputs

Key outputs from the project so far include:

  • A research report that reviews the evidence on women's economic empowerment in low-carbon transitions. 
  • An accompanying policy brief in English, French and Spanish with specific recommendations for government and business leaders on changes they could make to policies and investments.
  • Webinar: Empowering women in the green economic recovery from Covid-19.
  • Webinar: National leadership and feminist networks Part 1: Charlotte Remteng
  • Webinar: National leadership and feminist networks Part 2: Marina Yamaoka

Managing partner: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)