To translate commitments to gender equity and climate solutions into more concrete action, the Biden administration can apply a gender lens to both domestic and international climate policies in the following ways.
Globally, US development aid must ensure a gendered approach to climate vulnerable sectors such as agriculture and energy. It should also value women’s leadership and expertise in resource management and practices at the community and household level, as women are often uniquely placed to respond given their localized knowledge and experiences.
We cannot effectively address the existential threat of climate change, neither at home nor abroad, without the full and meaningful participation of women. This is why advancing gender equality must be central to climate action. Progress for women and girls at home and abroad means progress for all.