Join our #SheLeadsInCrisis campaign to put women at the heart of responding to the climate crisis and recovering from COVID-19

Our petition calling on the UK government to make gender justice central to the COP26 global climate change summit agenda was handed to the UK government on 9 November 2020 – the day that COP26 was due to take place in Glasgow, UK, before it was postponed to November 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, which sent a clear message to the UK government. And it worked! We welcome the appointment of Anne Marie Trevelyan MP to the COP26 team and that her role focuses on supporting countries in the global south to be resilient and adapt to climate change.

But there is still much more that needs to be done to take forward gender justice. CARE urges the UK government to appoint a high-level gender equality champion to the leadership team, implement the Gender Action Plan in full, and make sure climate finance reaches women’s rights organisations responding to the already devastating effects of climate change.

Around the world, women and girls are hardest hit by the impacts of crisis.

The most disadvantaged women and girls are already bearing the brunt of the climate emergency and worsening droughts, floods, fires, and storms.

In the last year, COVID-19 has put decades of progress on gender justice at risk as women have been the first to lose their jobs, taken on increased unpaid care and domestic work and seen rising levels of gender-based violence.

Women and girls must be part of the solutions.

When women and girls lead in crises, entire communities benefit, and more effective and sustainable solutions are found. But currently they do not have an equal seat at the table.

Currently less than 30% of climate negotiators are women, and globally just 24% of COVID-19 taskforce members are women.

Women in communities most affected or those discriminated against due to race, disability or other inequalities have even less of a say.

At this crucial time for action to recover better from COVID-19 and avoid an irreversible climate disaster, we are calling on the UK government to make sure #SheLeadsInCrisis through:

1. Making sure women have an equal say on how the climate crisis is tackled, including appointing a high-level gender champion for COP26

2. Putting gender justice at the heart of the global COVID response and increase financial support for women’s groups worldwide

3. Making a rapid shift to net zero emissions to tackle the climate crisis

In March 2020, thousands of you joined us for #March4Women to call for climate and gender justice. Now, the UK has an important role to play in 2021 as hosts of both the G7 and global climate change summit COP26.

When #SheLeadsInCrisis a more equal world is possible.

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