Climate Change Adaptation in Asia and the Pacific: Is Gender Relevant?

Do you consider gender a consideration for your program, project or research? Now is the time to reflect on this.

This symposium is an opportunity to explore the role, influence and impact of gender on climate change adaptation, using a combination of presentations, performances, videos, artworks and audience Q&A sessions.

Women are often portrayed as vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific, with less information available about how to respond and adapt. Some adaptation options may put a disproportionate burden on women, particularly in agriculture.

The event is highly recommended for anyone working on programs, projects or research in Asia and the Pacific, including policymakers, practitioners, students, researchers, NGOs, the diplomatic community, consultants and members of Pacific and Asian communities who are at the forefront of adapting to our changing climate.

Participants will explore indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing with reference to climate adaptation in Asia and the Pacific, examine the roles of women in adaptation actions and evaluate the role of gender in resilience and adaptation research.

Ultimately the symposium aims to take the first steps towards developing a research agenda on gender and climate change in Asia and the Pacific.

For the full program and more info about the event, please visit the eventbrite page here.  


Program access
Welcome and Introduction  
Welcome to Country - Uncle Wally Bell, Ngunnawal elder  
Screening of short film – ‘Rise: From One Island to Another’ by Marshallese poet Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Greenlandic poet Aka Niviâna  Access the film here
ANU welcome - Rachel England  
Session 1 – The Role of Gender in Climate Change Adaptation  
Gendered social relations in the Anthropocene – Dr. Jayne Curnow (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) Click here (PDF 2MB)
Climate change adaptation strategies to enhance food security – Prof. Mark Howden (ANU Climate Change Institute)  Click here (PDF 930KB)
Engendering climate change in Oceania: Fatalism, resilience and resistance – Prof.  Margaret Jolly (ANU Gender Institute)  Click here (PDF 5.6MB)
Session 2 – Reflections on Resilience: Knowledge to Action and Action to Knowledge  
Poetry and performance – ‘Reflections from the field’ – Rachel England (Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU), Myjolynne Kim (Department of Pacific Affairs, ANU), Kate Harriden (Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU)  
Contextualising climate science for food security in Papua New Guinea – Dr. Steven Crimp (ANU Climate Change Institute)  Click here (PDF 2.8MB)
Catalysing sustainable and responsible development in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea – Dr. Seona Meharg (Land & Water CSIRO) Click here (PDF 4MB)
DFAT's new climate partnership in the Pacific – Arthi Patel (Palladium in DFAT) Click here (PDF 310 KB)
Screening of the short-film ‘Tuvalu’ by Angela Tiatia (kindly provided by the Australia Museum)  
Session 3 – Social Conflict and Marginal Voices: How Are Effective Climate Change Adaptation Outcomes Achieved?  
How might changing property relations to land and resources be linked to transformations of masculinities in Asia and the Pacific? – Dr. Siobhan McDonnell (Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU)  Click here (PDF 725 KB)
Through a glass darkly: Is a gender lens always useful? – Dr. Rebecca Monson (College of Law, ANU)  Click here (PDF 1.7MB)
‘Women at the Water's Edge. Lives of women in a climate changed world’ – Screening of short Sundarbans (India)-based film and discussion by Prof. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU) Access the film here
Session 4 – Sharing a Vision: Gender and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific  
Discussion of Research agenda for gender and climate change adaptation in Asia and the Pacific - George Carter (Department of Pacific Affairs, ANU)  
Screening of multimedia artwork, A Lightness of Being – Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute artist-in-residence)  
Side Session - Heart for Solo  
A musical and visual journey across Solomon Islands, by Patrick Rose. Access the film here


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