Data

General Issues
Identity & Diversity
Environment
Labor & Work
Location
Vancouver
Canada
Files
Report_ Roundtable Women Climate Change_SFU 2019.pdf
Links
SFU Faculty of Environment website page
Start Date
End Date
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Research
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of private organizations
Approach
Consultation
Research
Informal engagement by intermediaries with political authorities
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Open to All With Special Effort to Recruit Some Groups
Targeted Demographics
Experts
Elected Public Officials
Women
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Decision Methods
Idea Generation
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
New Media
Type of Organizer/Manager
Academic Institution
Community Based Organization
Non-Governmental Organization

CASE

Roundtable on the Research & Practice of Women’s Participation & Leadership in Climate Solutions

General Issues
Identity & Diversity
Environment
Labor & Work
Location
Vancouver
Canada
Files
Report_ Roundtable Women Climate Change_SFU 2019.pdf
Links
SFU Faculty of Environment website page
Start Date
End Date
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Research
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of private organizations
Approach
Consultation
Research
Informal engagement by intermediaries with political authorities
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Open to All With Special Effort to Recruit Some Groups
Targeted Demographics
Experts
Elected Public Officials
Women
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Decision Methods
Idea Generation
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
New Media
Type of Organizer/Manager
Academic Institution
Community Based Organization
Non-Governmental Organization
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A one-day event bringing together a diverse audience of panellists and participants in a roundtable discussion on the state of women's participation in climate change dialogue, governance, and decision-making.

Problems and Purpose

Women are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change yet they remain a minority voice in the development of solutions. This roundtable was convened by Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Environment to discuss and hopefully answer the following questions:

  1. What would it look like if there was gender equity and fully inclusive participation in your sector to take action on climate change? 
  2. What innovative methods of inclusion and participation would you scale up to address climate solutions?[1]

According to the convenor, the roundtable is a chance "to share and mobilize knowledge about the participatory methods that foster women’s leadership in climate change solutions."[1]

Background History and Context

Historical gender inequality has led to greater economic, infrastructure and employment, and health disparities between men and women. As a consequence, the effects of climate change will have disproportionate, negative effects on women. The relatively recent increase and empowerment of women in positions of decision-making and governance has proven them key agents of social, economic, and political innovation. If given the ability to participate equally in matters of climate change, women will undoubtedly increase the number and effectiveness of cross-sector policies, programs, and solutions. 

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The roundtable is the result of a partnership between the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Environment, CityHive, Participedia.net, Women Transforming Cities, and the Suzuki Elders. Other supporters and participants include the City of Vancouver, One Earth, Student Energy, Young Agrarians, Change Finance, Climate Guides. The lead convenor of the event was Joanna Ashworth, Director of Professional Programs and Partnerships, Professor in the Faculty of Environment, Senior Associate at SFU's Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and co-applicant of the Participedia project. 

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Participants were recruited through a variety of community and professional networks. Targetted demographics included researchers, experts, leaders, and students from a variety of sectors: government, civil society, academia, think tanks, and private funders.  

Methods and Tools Used

Being primarily a knowledge sharing and deliberative event, organizers chose a roundtable methodology (similar to a 'workshop ') to allow for individual presentations as well as audience questions and comments, and group dialogue. 

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Note: this event is ongoing. The following is the proposed agenda of speakers and themes published on the event's webpage:

Presenters & Thematic Hosts:

  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers
  • Andrea Reimer, Councilor City of Vancouver
  • Rosemary Cooper, Senior Associate and Lead on Share Reuse Repair, One Earth
  • Veronika Bylicki , Co-Founder City Hive, COP24 BC Youth Delegate
  • Ellen Woodsworth, Founder and Co-chair, Women Transforming Cities International Society
  • Meredith Adler, Executive Director Student Energy
  • Erlene Woollard, Suzuki Elders
  • Sarah Dent, Young Agrarians
  • Tiffany Muller Myrdahl, Senior Lecturer, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies & Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • Donna Morton, CEO Change Finance
  • Caroline Merner, Climate Guides
  • Olive Dempsey
  • Tarah Stafford, Community Organizing, Climate Communications

Themes:

  • Gender Rights, Human Rights, Indigenous Right and Climate Justice
  • Gender Equity and Environmental Sustainability
  • Youth Engagement
  • Agents of Change in Climate Change Solutions: Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, Public Policy, Communications, Community Engagement, Cities and National Government
  • Integrating the UNSDG’s and Climate Change Targets

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

  • Identify and frame key challenges and implications for policy and programs.
  • Document participatory methods that foster inclusion, meaningful participation and leadership on policy and program solutions.
  • Build support for leadership capacity and resiliency building initiatives.
  • Contribute to Participedia.net catalogue of cases, methods and organizational profiles.
  • Inform the development of a Women and Climate Action on-line course at SFU.

Analysis and Lessons Learned

A recap of the event was published on SFU's website, along with a downloadable full report.  

See Also

Roundtable Discussion (method)

Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue 

References

[1] SFU Faculty of Environment, "Women's Participation and Leadership in Climate Change Solutions," Eventbrite, June 21, 2018, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/roundtable-on-the-research-and-practice-of-womens-participation-and-leadership-in-climate-solutions-tickets-46083302398 

External Links

Event Website 

Notes