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Faces of Climate Change

FACES OF CLIMATE CHANGE - the gender perspective

The documentary "Faces of Climate Change - the gender perspective" from 2012 was a collaboration between the Ministry of Water and Environment and the Royal Danish Embassy. The film puts a human face on the climate changes in Uganda and the changing conditions and challenges these entail. 

The documentary chronicles the plight of Ugandan women, men and children in the wake of extreme weather events such as heavy rains, flooding, drought and landslides. It shows how unpredictable seasons affect the livelihoods of the many families that live off the land – encapsulating the human face of climate change.

It shows that climate change has significant gender implications because of the different roles, needs, capacities and positioning of men and women in society. Women and girls have to walk further to find increasingly scarce food, water and firewood. They must also care for family members who are exposed to the health risks linked to climate change. All of this leaving them with less time for education, income-generating activities and participation in community decision-making processes, further contributing to unequal gender relations.

Men, on the other hand, may experience frustration and stress when their rural livelihoods are undermined as a result of climate change and they are no longer able to fulfil their socially expected roles as providers. Increased domestic violence and/or abandonment of women and children when men migrate to urban centres are some of the severe consequences of climate change in Uganda.

While the documentary provides a platform for communities to voice the challenges caused by climate change, it also offers an opportunity for government and other stakeholders to engage further in dialogue and develop gender responsive measures to address the challenge.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

 

First Secretary
Søren Høgsbro Larsen
E-mail: solars@um.dk

 

Programme Officer
Cate Najjuma
E-mail: catnaj@um.dk