Gender Relations and Women’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

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Women with child in a store. Picture by Jenny Jungehülsing.

Contribution from an Adaptation Policy in the State of Tabasco toward Greater Gender Equality: The Reconstruction and Reactivation Program to Transform Tabasco

Jenny Jungehülsing

Recognizing the significance of inequitable gender relations for
women’s vulnerability to climate change, this study done by the Boell
regional office in Mexico analyzes if and how an adaptation measure
involving a relocation program that gives titles to new public housing
to women implemented in response to severe flooding in the Mexican state
of Tabasco in 2007, has contributed to modifying  gender relations and
strengthening gender equality. 

The study is focusing on three strategic gender impacts of
this program, focusing on the assumptation that women’s control over
housing may: a) expand their access to economic resources through the
establishment of businesses and access to credit; b) contribute to more
equal decision-making and diminished control by men over women at the
household level; and c) serve as a tool for reducing the level of
intra-family domestic violence.

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