Climate Change Adaptation in Asia and the Pacific: Is Gender relevant?

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Climate Change Adaptation in Asia and the Pacific: Is Gender relevant?

30 April 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Is gender a consideration for your program, project or research? Now is the time to reflect on this.

Women are often portrayed as more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific, with less information available about how to respond and adapt. Some adaptation options may put a disproportionate burden on women, particularly in agriculture.

This symposium is an opportunity to explore the role, influence and impact of gender on climate change adaptation, using a combination of presentations, performances, videos, artworks and audience Q&A sessions.

The event is highly recommended for anyone working on programs, projects or research in Asia and the Pacific, including policymakers, practitioners, students, researchers, NGOs, the diplomatic community, consultants and members of Pacific and Asian communities who are at the forefront of adapting to our changing climate.

Participants will explore indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing with reference to climate adaptation in Asia and the Pacific, examine the roles of women in adaptation actions and evaluate the role of gender in resilience and adaptation research.

Ultimately the symposium aims to take the first steps towards developing a research agenda on gender and climate change in Asia and the Pacific. The event is hosted by ANU Climate Change Institute, ANU Gender Institute and ANU Pacific Institute.

We will be taking questions for the Q&A at the end of each session via an online platform, Padlet. You can send questions through in advance, or type them in during the sessions. You can log in at:


8.30-9am – Registration and tea and coffee

9am – Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome to Country – Tjabal Centre
  • Screening of short film ‘Rise: From One Island to Another by Marshallese poet Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Greenlandic poet Aka Niviâna

9.25 – 10.30am – Session 1 – The Role of Gender in Climate Change Adaptation

  • Introduction by Chair, Dr. Steve Crimp (ANU Climate Change Institute)
  • Gendered social relations in the Anthropocene – Dr. Jayne Curnow (ACIAR)
  • Climate change adaptation strategies to enhance food security – Prof. Mark Howden (ANU Climate Change Institute)
  • Engendering climate change in Oceania: Fatalism, resilience and resistance – Prof. Margaret Jolly (ANU Gender Institute)
  • Discussion based on audience questions

10.30 – 11.00am – Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.45pm – Session 2 – Reflections on Resilience – Knowledge to Action and Action to Knowledge

  • Introduction by Chair, Sumithri Venketasubramanian (Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU)
  • Poetry and performance: Reflections from the field– Rachel England (Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU), Myjolynne Kim (ANU College of Asia and the Pacific), Kate Harriden (Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU) and Talei Luscia Mangioni (School of Cultural History and Language, ANU)
  • Contextualising climate science for food security in Papua New Guinea – Dr. Steve Crimp (ANU Climate Change Institute)
  • Catalysing sustainable and responsible development in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea – Seona Meharg (Land & Water, CSIRO)
  • DFAT’s new climate partnership in the Pacific – Arthi Patel (Palladium in DFAT)
  • Screening of the short-film ‘Tuvalu’ by Angela Tiatia (kindly provided by the Australian Museum)
  • Discussion based on audience questions

1.30 – 3.00pm – Session 3 – Social Conflict and Marginal Voices: How Are Effective Climate Change Adaptation Outcomes Achieved?

  • Introduction by Chair, Dr. Tom Sloan (Sustineo)
  • How might changing property relations to land and resources be linked to transformations of masculinities in Asia and the Pacific? – Dr. Siobhan McDonnell (Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU)
  • Through a glass darkly: is a gender lens always useful? – Dr. Rebecca Monson (ANU College of Law)
  • Women at the Water’s Edge. Lives of women in a climate changed world’ – Screening of short film and discussion by Prof. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU)
  • Discussion based on audience questions

3.00 – 3.30pm – Afternoon Tea

3.30 – 4.15pm – Session 4 – Shared Vision – Gender and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific

  • Screening of multimedia artwork A Lightness of Being’ – Ngaio Fitzpatrick (ANU Climate Change Institute)
  • Introduction by Chair, George Carter (Department of Pacific Affairs, ANU)
  • Facilitated discussion on setting out a research agenda for gender and climate change adaptation in Asia and the Pacific

4.15-4.30pm – Finale

  • Concluding thoughts – Prof. Margaret Jolly (ANU Gender Institute)
  • Preview of Heart for Solo

Exhibition: ‘Heart for Solo’ – A musical and visual journey across Solomon Islands, will be screened throughout the day in the Seminar Room of the China in the World Building, across the courtyard from the main symposium. ‘Heart for Solo’ is an immersive installation designed by Patrick Rose to showcase the songs, faces and natural beauty of the Solomon Islands. It’s a diverse collection from around the country that includes everything from kastom songs to church choirs, sublime sunsets to mining sites. The extraordinary musical talent of Solomon Islanders is transporting while each portrait tells a story of the country as it faces the converging challenges of the 21st century.

Photos and videos of participants will be taken during the day. If this is an issue for you, please contact

It is extremely difficult to find parking at ANU during the day – we advise using public transport, taxi, cycling or walking. Transport option advice for getting to the ANU Acton campus can be found here

If you have to drive, arrive early (by 8.30am), allow plenty of time to find a park and walk to your destination. For parking advice, visit the ANU website link here. Here is an interactive map and a pdf map version of parking zones on the campus.

There are areas of Pay As You Go, which is facilitated by Cello-Park, to set up an account and register your car – click here – they also have an app interface in case you are using your mobile device. There are also areas of ticket parking that accept coins and cards for purchasing tickets.

There is also a new Care Park facility on the city-side edge of campus, near the Copland Lecture Theatre on Kingsley St. Please note: It is not yet on interactive mapping services, instead use the Copland Theatre link provided. Parking fees and advice can be found at this website and an image guide to the entrance can be found here.

Image credit: ILO in Asia and the Pacific


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