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USP PACRES team with virtual RCOs in their orange-themed colours to mark 16 Days of Activism during the 3 day workshop on Gender and Human Rights.

The European Union funded Intra-ACP GCCA+ Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience Building (PACRES) Virtual Gender and Human Rights workshop was a revelation to the project’s research and community officers.
Opening the three-day workshop from Suva last month, The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) senior lecturer from the university’s Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCESD), Dr Awnesh Singh said  climate change threatens a range of human rights, including the basic and most fundamental human right, the right to life.
“Climate change threatens the right to food security, water and sanitation, health, shelter, self-determination, culture and development. Countries have a human rights obligation to prevent the foreseeable adverse effects of climate change and ensure that those affected by it, particularly those in vulnerable situations, have access to effective remedies and means of adaptation to enjoy lives of human dignity.
“The workshop aims to introduce gender and human rights concepts and its implications in climate change. And, I am sure that you will benefit and gain a better understanding from your participation in this Gender and Human Rights Workshop supported by the EU-funded PACRES (USP component).
“Climate change affects everyone in different ways. However, entrenched and systemic discrimination can lead to gender-differentiated impacts of climate change.
“Intersectional forms of discrimination can make some women and girls more vulnerable to climate change, while excluding women and girls from climate action makes it less effective and further exacerbates climate harms,” Dr Awnesh said.
Niue Project RCO Alana Rex said the workshop findings and discussions were alarming and disheartening and it “truly reminded us of the stark realities in relation to gender and human rights especially the treatment of women in our region”.
Echoing similar sentiments, RCOs from the PACRES and the Global Climate Change Alliance plus Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+ SUPA) project shared their experiences and hoped that similar follow-up workshops be done in the new year.
The virtual three-day programme include the; introduction to human rights (evolution of human rights, human rights within the Pacific context, legal nature of human rights, international human rights framework, rights holders and duty bearers and human rights and the sustainable development goals), an overview of gender and social inclusion and equality and equity.
USP PaCESD’s Communications Officer, Moira Vilsoni-Raduva briefly presented on the portrayal of gender in the media and communicating gender and human rights in climate change. 
“There is progress in closing the gender gap and this same gender gap is found in climate related disaster risk management and communication is a vital component in project work. To understand how to communicate climate change, gender and human rights, we must look at how the media portrays gender, especially women and then work our way around it to make sure we balance the climate story,” said Ms Vilsoni-Raduva.
Mr Leonardo Rosa, the RCO from Timor-Leste said similar trainings should be explored and conducted with stakeholders identified as PACRES and SUPA stakeholders in Timor Leste.
“The exercise about gender analysis has shaped my view on genders' role when it comes to dealing with climate disasters. It broadened my perspective, which enabled me to distinguish the gender difference in times of facing climate disasters, and enabled me to understand how this concept is applicable to Timor-Leste during such events,” said Leonardo Rosa.
The training was facilitated by the Pacific Community’s Regional Rights Resource Team’s Senior Human Rights Adviser, Ashley Bowe and supported by the PACRES USP project Fiji team.

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