Overcoming gender inequality for climate resilient development

Andrijevic, Marina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0199-1988 and Crespo Cuaresma, Jesus ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3244-6560 and Lissner, Tabea and Thomas, Adelle ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0407-2891 and Schleussner, Carl-Friedrich ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8471-848X (2020) Overcoming gender inequality for climate resilient development. Nature Communications, 11 (6261). ISSN 2041-1723

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Gender inequalities are reflected in differential vulnerability, and exposure to the hazard sposed by climate change and addressing them is key to increase the adaptive capacities ofsocieties. We provide trajectories of the Gender Inequality Index (GII) alongside the Shared-Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), a scenario framework widely used in climate science. Here we find that rapid improvements in gender inequality are possible under a sustainable development scenario already in the near-term. The share of girls growing up in countries with the highest gender inequality could be reduced to about 24% in 2030 compared toabout 70% today. Largely overcoming gender inequality as assessed in the GII would be within reach by mid-century. Under less optimistic scenarios, gender inequality may persist throughout the 21st century. Our results highlight the importance of incorporating gender inscenarios assessing future climate impacts and underscore the relevance of addressing gender inequalities in policies aiming to foster climate resilient development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL.
Keywords: Climate-change adaptation, Socioeconomic scenarios
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft > Makroökonomie
Forschungsinstitute > Kryptoökonomie
Kompetenzzentren > Sustainability Transf. & Responsibility
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2020 16:58
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2020 16:58
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/98059/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7907


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