In January 2022, ANE Secretary General Inese Podgaiska took part in the 1st cross-sector roundtable on Gender Equality and Climate Justice. As a recap of the day, the Nordic Council of Ministers has published a brief with 22 takeaways from the session to shed a light on important areas of action for people and planet, alike.
The objective of the roundtable was to: form an alliance; provide a platform for knowledge exchange; identify challenges and find solutions to the climate justice and gender equality nexus; and promote a joint Nordic voice for gender equality.
Inese Podgaiska was invited by UN Women, The Nordic Council of Ministers, & FOKUS (Forum for Kvinner og Utviklingsspørsmål) and was leading on a session on transforming the actions, attitudes and structures.
The Nordic equality ministers want to enhance knowledge and raise awareness in order to make climate policy more informed and prevent the green transition from widening gender gaps in the Nordic Region.
In many parts of the world, extreme weather and other climate effects hit women harder than men. Now, more attention is being directed towards women’s perspectives.
In the Nordic countries, the disparity is not quite as clear but there are differences in terms of gender in climate footprints, influence in international negotiations, the green transition of the labour market and participation in sectors engaged in the development of technical climate solutions.
One of the key messages for ANE were the importance of making clear what kind of skills we mean when we use the often-repeated notion of “lack of skills” for the dual digital and green transition.