Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Title: “Gender differentiated policies and right to nutritious food in times of climate change “
Climate change is a major threat to food security and stumbling block to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. It is now widely acknowledged that climate change impacts will not be gender-neutral. Women are particularly vulnerable to climate outcomes if they are already living in under stressed vulnerable geographies, occupying a multitude of roles, including heads of house-holds, caregivers, and subsistence farmers. Moreover, they play role in a wide range of activities that can support sustainable agricultural development, such as soil and water conservation, afforestation and crop domestication that are vital elements of adaptation and mitigation policies.
As climate change magnifies existing inequalities, global consensus has recognized that the integration of women’s rights and gender equality into to climate change policies is not only essential but maximizes the efficacy of interventions, programs and resources. The successful implementation of climate change policies requires an understanding of the gender-based roles vis-à-vis natural resources, as well as the gender-differentiated impacts of climate change.
About the speaker: Hilal Elver is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Right to Food since June 2014. She is an international law professor and Global Distinguished Fellow at the UCLA Law School Resnick Food Law and Policy Center, as well as a research professor at the UC Santa Barbara. Her publications focus on environmental law, climate change, food security, human rights and women rights. Her book on Peaceful Uses of International Rivers; The Euphrates and Tigris Transboundary River Basins published in 2002; Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion published by Oxford University in 2012; Her most recent co-edited book with Paul Wapner is Reimagining Climate Change published in 2016 by Routledge Press.