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Green jobs and the problem of gender disparity


The gender disparities observed in green jobs and the imperative of empowering women within the framework of low-carbon transitions underscores the hurdles faced by women in accessing opportunities in environmentally sustainable sectors and advocates for inclusive strategies to address these challenges.

Gender Disparities in Green Jobs:

  • Underrepresentation: Despite the potential for 35 million green jobs in India by 2047, women remain significantly underrepresented in sectors such as renewable energy and manufacturing.
  • Gender disparities: Existing data reveals stark gender disparities in training for green skills, with social norms and safety concerns limiting women's participation in technical roles.
  • Unequal distribution: The unequal distribution of green jobs perpetuates gender biases in the labor market and constrains women's economic empowerment and agency.

Addressing Data Gaps and Structural Barriers:

  • Limited data on women's participation in green jobs underscores the need for sex-disaggregated data collection and gender analysis to understand the landscape better.
  • Overcoming structural barriers, including inadequate representation in STEM fields and societal norms, requires targeted policies and interventions to enhance women's access to green job opportunities.
  • COP 28's initiative on 'Gender-Responsive Just Transitions and Climate Action Partnership' highlights the global commitment to inclusivity in transition planning and the importance of data-driven strategies.

Strategies for Women's Empowerment:

  • Bridging the gender gap in STEM education and promoting early hands-on learning and mentorship can enhance women's participation in key sectors for green transition.
  • Tailored financial policies, including collateral-free lending and financial literacy training, are essential to support women entrepreneurs entering the green economy.
  • Promoting women's leadership in decision-making processes and fostering partnerships across sectors are critical for ensuring gender equity and inclusivity in low-carbon development strategies.
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