Gender Relations and Women’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

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Gender Relations and Women’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

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

May 9, 2012
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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