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The path to gender and social inclusion in pastoral communities

PACJA meets Marsabit County Department for Gender to plan for the implementation of the climate change gender mainstreaming tool kit

October 7, 2019; Marsabit County

Worldwide, climate change affects gender differently. It is unfortunately clear that the poor and women suffer the impacts of climate change the most. This is so since these groups of people have the least ability to adapt to severe events like droughts or floods, which directly impact their livelihoods and ability to produce food. This implies that climate change exacerbates existing inequalities between men and women both internationally and locally.

Across societies, Marsabit and Isiolo counties included, women are often responsible for gathering and producing food, collecting water and sourcing fuel for heating and cooking. With climate change, these tasks are becoming more difficult. Recognising this; through the Voices for Change Partnership Project; the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in partnership with the other resilient thematic working group members; KLMC and CEMIRIDE, put together a gender mainstreaming tool kit to aid in integrating gender matters in climate resilience amongst pastoral communities of Marsabit and Isiolo.

In the effort to prioritise and implement key actions within the tool kit, PACJA set a meeting with the gender department of Marsabit County to deliberate on the implementation of the gender mainstreaming tool kit with the ultimate aim of ensuring gender inclusiveness in climate resilience in Marsabit County. Giving her remarks during the brainstorming meeting, the Director for Gender in Marsabit County Ms Anna Maria thanked PACJA for the continued effort to bring out gender issues in climate resilience in Marsabit County. She equally expressed her concern for limited implementation authority from her officers given the absence of a gender policy in the county. She, together with her officers appealed for support in coming up with a gender policy for the county from which the tool kit would be anchored for effective implementation.

As an implementation for the tool kit, suggestions were fronted for PACJA in collaboration with the Marsabit County Departments for Gender and Climate Change to organise for key workshops with the civil society organisations for capacity building sessions; including a cross learning with Isiolo County and the gender youth and marginalized thematic working group of the Kenya Platform for climate governance on gender mainstreaming in climate resilinece. Similarly, the county department of gender suggested for a celebration week for gender with the theme on gender and climate change as one of the activity for 2020.

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