International Development Law Organization

Gender Equality in Climate Action

Side event organized by the International Development Law Organization with the support of the Government of Philippines, in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Women, Business and the Law at the World Bank and the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice (FACJ), on the occasion of the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Tuesday, 19 March 2024
10:00-11:15 am EST
Conference Room 6, UN Headquarters, New York
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The impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on women and girls are strongly linked to their unequal access to the tools needed to respond to climate disasters, such as decent work, land and finance. The International Labor Organization estimates that global warming and environmental degradation are putting 1.2 billion jobs at risk, with women expected to be most severely impacted due to their high representation in sectors vulnerable to climate change. As countries move towards adopting legal and policy frameworks that enable a just transition towards a low-carbon and sustainable economy, we must ensure that women are not left out. In fact, if well managed, a just transition presents an important opportunity to achieve gender equality in the world of work. 

To achieve this, an enabling legal environment and the elimination of pre-existing gender inequalities in the world of work will be critical. 

This discussion will explore the critical linkages between a just transition and women's rights in the world of work, and highlight approaches and practices to advance the role of legal and policy frameworks in delivering a gender-responsive just transition.


Opening Remarks

Jan Beagle, Director-General, IDLO

Special Remarks

Atty. Khay Ann Magundayao-Borlado, Officer-in-Charge, Philippine Commission on Women


  • Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Chief, Economic Empowerment, UN Women
  • Fleur Newman, Lead, Action for Climate Empowerment Unit, UNFCCC
  • Timo Stühm, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN
  • Emanuela Pozzan, Senior Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination Specialist, ILO
  • Maria Elefante, Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, World Bank
  • Ayshka Najib, Fridays for Future MAPA


Rea Abada Chiongson, Senior Legal Advisor on Gender, IDLO

Interactive Discussion

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