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On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the British Embassy in Prague, the Embassy of Canada in the Czech Republic and the Association for International Affairs are pleased to invite you to an online public discussion on the topic of Women as Agents of Change in the Climate Crisis and Energy Transformation.





Climate science is clear – we must become climate neutral by 2050 in order to avoid the most devastating climate change impacts. The UN Climate Change conference (COP26), which will be held in November this year in Glasgow, represents another opportunity for us to demonstrate the urgency and the opportunities of the journey towards a climate neutral economy, and the power of international cooperation to address the gravest challenges the world faces. Many questions need to be discussed and answered by relevant agents, i.e. countries, as well as individuals – both men and women. As we need the active participation of all to succeed in this global task, a gender-inclusive approach in the planning, implementation, as well as monitoring & evaluation of adaptation and mitigation measures, is necessary for creating the best possible solutions to the ongoing climate crisis. Historically speaking, much of the technological innovation has been shaped by men. It is still very much a reality in (and not only) developing countries, which at the same time are the most affected by climate change. Based on the United Nations Development Programme study from January 2021 we may say that on average women in the energy industry prefer behavioral changes, while men go for technological solutions, such as finding low-emission energy sources. We shall therefore ask the following questions: Is it not in everybody’s interest to include various perspectives into the planning of climate change policies? How to include women, who generally remain in charge of managing households, in the discussion of how to cut emissions in the best possible way in our homes? How come women have generally speaking a smaller carbon footprint? Can we say that climate change is by itself a gendered phenomenon? Let’s discuss and try to answer these questions with three established women from different national backgrounds.

You may look forward to hearing from Lucy Hughes (Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Prague), Kim Cowan (Counsellor for Political, Economic and Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Canada) and Pavla Vidanová (Ministerial Assistant Principal, Politics and Strategy Department at the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic). The event will be moderated by Romana Březovská (a Research Fellow of the AMO Research Center). The event will be held in English without translation. We are looking forward to you joining us. 

You can watch the discussion here. 




Date and time

8/3/2021 at 4pm













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