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Increasing women’s resilience in Fiji through participatory governance

[This was a policy brief submitted to our gender and development class in UEA] Fiji, an island country comprised of more than 300 islands and atolls, is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. According to COP 23 Fiji (2017), some of the climate change impacts the small island state are facing and will continue to face include sea level rise, stronger El Niño patterns, food and water borne diseases, extreme weather events, and ocean acidification. Some if these impacts will have a greater effect on women than on men. For example, salinisation and drought may mean women have to spend longer collecting water and increases in infectious or water-borne diseases post-climate change events will result in a greater burden of care for women. (UN Women Fiji, n.d.) UN Women Fiji (ibid) also identified an increase in gender based violence post-disaster. Women in evacuation and temporary shelters are subjected to rape and violence. There is also low access to sexual and reproductive health post-disaster. These vulnerabilities that women face need to be addressed …

[Academic]: Potential of mHealth for adolescents in India, South Africa, and the Philippines

The past four months, our group for our Media in Practice module worked with Content Consultants to research on the feasibility of using mHealth for sexual, menstrual, and reproductive health in India, South Africa, and the Philippines. India and South Africa were chosen by our client and we were asked to research on one more country. Coming from the Philippines and knowing the need for SRH education in the country, we did the same research for the Philippines. We conducted secondary data research, interviews, and a survey for each country. Here is a video on the background of each country (this video was made by my group mate, Hikaru Matsumoto): Here is an executive summary of the findings: This report was made by Alice Clarke, Phionah Katushabe, Hikaru Matsumoto, and Renee Karunungan. Download the Executive Summary in PDF format.      

[Policy Brief] Gender and Climate Change

“The absence of women, particularly those from the global South, from national and international discussions and decision-making on climate change and development must change. The battle to protect the environment is not solely about technological innovation – it is also about empowering women and their communities to hold their governments accountable for results.” Mary Robinson and Wangari Maathai As part of my assessments this term for a class on Climate Change and Development, I wrote a policy brief on gender and climate change. I have been following this topic since I started my work at the UNFCCC. For this assessment, I got a distinction so I found it will be good to share it with you. Here is the second page of that brief: You can download the full copy here: PolicyBrief

[Academic essay] Climate Change: A global problem that needs both global and local solutions

Here is my academic essay from my Understanding Global Environmental Change class. Introduction Climate change is an environmental issue that has gained much of the world’s attention in recent years. From Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, the Paris Agreement in 2015, to Donald Trump’s recent political decisions, climate change has become one of the most talked about and hotly debated issues both in media and politics. Despite 90-100 percent scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change (Cook, et al. 2013, Orestes 2004, Doran and Zimmerman 2009, Anderegg et al. 2009, Carlton et al. 2015), there still seems to be an ongoing debate whether or not it is real, at a time when many vulnerable countries already experience climate change impacts. The Earth has seen climate change throughout its history; natural causes such as variations in sunlight and volcanic eruptions (National Aeronautic Space Administration, n.d.) have contributed to this. However, while these natural causes still affect the Earth’s changing climate today, their influence is now considered too small and they occur too slowly to explain …