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Gender equality is not only an intrinsic human right and a core development objective, but also an instrument for development. It increases productivity and improves the welfare of families and children while having solid and positive impacts on GDP per capita. Economic empowerment is a particularly effective means for women to gain more control over their own lives. However, women are still frequently ignored, undervalued or unpaid, which prevents them from becoming dynamic economic participants. Without their full engagement, inclusive growth is unattainable. Climate change and gender equality are inextricably linked. Strategies and programmes addressing the effects of climate change must include the participation, experiences and voices of women – not only because they are disproportionately impacted by climate change but also because they have valuable points of view, experience and knowledge to contribute to building community and national resilience. →