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Advancing Gender Equality in Climate Action: Gender Assessment of Climate and Environmental Laws in the Philippines

Date of Publication: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
About This Publication: 

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in partnership with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Philippine Commission of Women (PCW), conducted a legal assessment of climate and environmental laws in the Philippines. The assessment aims to identify discriminatory provisions against women and girls, and highlight any ambiguities, contradictions, or lack of legal coherence in climate and environmental laws and frameworks.

As such, its findings and recommendations represent a critical resource to strengthen institutional, legal, policy and implementation frameworks to advance climate justice for women and girls and ensure their meaningful participation in climate action.

The assessment reviewed 53 laws governing key, and often interrelated issues, such as the management of land and natural resources; women’s participation and leadership; environmental protection, climate change response; disaster risk reduction and response; prevention of gender-based violence; and ensuring adequate social protection and welfare for the people of the Philippines.

Analysis of these laws reveals that much remains to be done to ensure effective integration of gender into responses to the climate crisis. The report emphasizes the need for multi-sectoral collaboration and targeted law reform to address these gaps, thereby facilitating the development of robust, comprehensive and gender-responsive legal frameworks on climate and the environment, increasing women’s participation and leadership, and advancing gender equality in climate action across the Philippines.


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