Gender Responsive Projects for Climate and Clean Air: Case studies from agriculture and waste

13 March, 2023
3:30PM CET
*Note clocks change in US and Canada on 12 March

On 13 March 2023, the CCAC welcomed Silvia Petrova, Urban and Ocean Plastics Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Dorcas Robinson, Senior Manager for Climate Justice at Oxfam America, Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim the Director General of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and Inkar Kadyrzhanova senior officer at the FAO to present and discuss designing gender-responsive projects and programmes. 

The impacts of climate change and air pollution can affect women and men differently, and understanding these differences is crucial to developing gender-responsive projects and programs. In 2022, the CCAC launched its first Gender Strategy to promote gender mainstreaming for climate and clean air action. We are therefore pleased to announce the first in a series of CCAC Gender Webinars, Integrating Gender Considerations into Climate and Clean Air Projects.  

This webinar will focus on providing practical guidance for integrating gender considerations into project design demonstrated through case studies across SLCP sectors, and is intended for project implementers including NGOs, national focal points, and air pollution and climate change experts. This event is part of a broader initiative to mainstream gender across all CCAC-funded projects, and to take a gender-responsive approach to climate and clean air action.

In addition, this webinar will take place ahead of the deadline to apply for open Calls for Proposals and will enable interested participants to have a better understanding of how they can include gender-related activities and outputs in their proposals and implementation plans. 

In the first half of the webinar, the CCAC Secretariat will present new gender-focused components of our project proposal form and assessment criteria. Speakers from CATIE, USAID, OXFAM and more will then provide practical examples of gender-responsive projects with case studies from agriculture and waste, followed by a question period. 


About Silvia Petrova

Silvia Petrova is an Urban and Ocean Plastics Specialist with the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation in the U.S. Agency for International Development. In this role, she leads the USAID’s work on preventing ocean plastic pollution by focusing on sustainable solid waste management and recycling approaches in developing countries and leads gender inclusion and women’s economic empowerment work across the ocean plastics portfolio. Ms. Petrova holds a master’s degree in Geospatial Information Science for Development and Environment from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA and both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria.

About Dorcas Robinson

Dorcas is the Senior Manager for Climate Justice at Oxfam America, working with a team of climate, land, food and energy policy, program and campaign advisors. Trained as a social scientist, Dorcas has worked in the international non-profit sector for over 25 years, always applying a gender justice approach to her work. She has worked at community, local government and national levels in Tanzania and the East and Southern Africa region, with a focus on the right to health, nutrition, food security and social protection. In previous roles, Dorcas developed partnership projects with the FAO, IFAD, and the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program of the CGIAR. These culminated in publications including Good practices for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment in climate smart agriculture programs (FAO/ CARE, 2019).

About Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim 

Dr. Ibrahim is the Director General of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), with more than 26 years of experience on Livestock and Environment. He has contributed in generating knowledge on silvopastoral systems and quantification of ecosystem services in these systems which are being used in the development of policies for climate smart livestock systems. In addition, as a research professor at CATIE, Dr. Ibrahim has graduated experts throughout Latin America who today are working on solutions for sustainable and climate-smart livestock systems. 

About Inkar Kadyrzhanova

Inkar Kadyrzhanova is a senior officer focusing on climate change in agriculture at FAO. Before joining the FAO, she worked as a gender and climate change adviser at the UN Women Office for Asia and the Pacific, where she led the regional work on gender mainstreaming in climate change and disaster risk reduction. Prior to that, she worked at the UN Climate Change secretariat on mitigation, data and analysis issues and supported the negotiation process on climate action by state and non-state stakeholders. She worked at UNDP Regional center for Europe and the CIS covering regional programmes on environment and security and sustainable development. She has more than 20 years of work experience in the area of environment protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation and worked at different UN agencies. She holds a graduate degree from the Moscow State University and two Master’s degrees from the Kazakhstan Institute of Economics and Planning and the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.



2:00-2:15, Dana Crawhall-Duk & Ella Jollands, CCAC Secretariat: Opening remarks, updates on implementing the CCAC Gender Strategy, overview of gender mainstreaming guidance for 2023 CCAC Calls for Proposals  

2:15-2:30, Silvia Petrova, USAID: Advancing Gender Equality in Waste Sector: USAID Approach  

2:30-2:40, Dorcas Robinson, Oxfam: Considerations for designing gender just agricultural projects

2:40-2:50, Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, CATIE: Designing and implementing gender responsive agriculture projects 

2:50-3:00, Inkar Kadyrzhanova, FAO: Case study on gender-responsive project

3:00-3:30, Dana Crawhall-Duk, CCAC: Questions 

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