India and a Gendered Understanding of Climate Change
According to the UN, “detrimental effects of climate change can be felt in the short-term through natural hazards, such as landslides, floods and hurricanes; and in the long-term, through more gradual degradation of the environment. The adverse effects of these events are already felt in many areas, including in relation to, inter alia, agriculture and food security; biodiversity and ecosystems; water resources; human health; human settlements and migration patterns; and energy, transport and industry. In many of these contexts, women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men...”
Given this backdrop, it is important to understand the scale and scope of the impact of climate change on women in India. Understanding this phenomenon through a gendered lens is especially necessary to develop responsive and sustainable policies to mitigate potential risks.
Through this panel discussion, envisaged as part of the IPCS Women, Peace and Security Series, we aim to facilitate a deeper conversation on issues pertaining to the gender differentiated impacts of climate change in India, as well as potential future scenarios.
Opening Remarks by the Moderator
Garima Maheshwari | PhD Scholar, JNU & Research Fellow, IPCS
Dr Mini Govindan| Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Aditi Kapoor | Director (Policy Advocacy and Partnerships), Alternative Futures
Dr Mini Govindan is a fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), with expertise in Urban/Rural Sociology, Social Policy and Qualitative Social Research. She holds a PhD in Development Studies and has extensive experience working in various projects on gender, energy, and sustainable development. Dr Govindan is involved in grassroots institutions development, gender inclusive development approaches in energy projects, and capacity-building.
Aditi Kapoor has more than two decades of experience in policy advocacy, media work, and senior level management. She has conducted collaborative work with civil society organisations, government, the corporate sector, and international organisations on issues of environment and climate change, gender, poverty, and development. Aditi started her career as a journalist, has carried out policy-focused research on gender and natural resource management, and previously wrote a fortnightly column in The Times of India. She has worked as an independent consultant with UN agencies, NGOs, and government ministries, has been a board member for the World Resources Institute (WRI) and LEAD-India Board, and is a co-founder of Alternative Futures, a development research and communications group.
Garima Maheshwari is pursuing her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her research interests include sustainable security, resource conflicts, sustainable development goals (SDGs), and climate politics. She has an MPhil in Law and Governance MA in Political Science from JNU, and a BA in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Garima’s MPhil dissertation was on the political economy of global public goods assessed from the climate stability perspective. She has previously worked at the Centre for Policy Analysis, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, and Development Alternatives.