The gender dimension of climate justice
From 30 November until 11 December, the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is held. The goal of COP21 is to adopt a new international climate agreement. It is important that gender equality is also addressed in this international climate agreement since there is evidence that women and men are differently affected by climate change. Existing gender inequality caused by cultural roles and limited access to education, ownership and resources make women, especially in developing countries, vulnerable to climate change. Women are also under-represented in international climate negotiations. At international and European level, gender equality only started to become part of the climate change discussions. It is therefore important that the EU includes gender equality in its climate change positions in order to draw attention to the under-recognised gender aspects of climate change.