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Gender Ideologies and Climate Risk: How is the Connection Linked to Sustainability in an African City?

Gender Ideologies and Climate Risk: How is the Connection Linked to Sustainability in an African City?
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Author(s): Kareem Buyana (Urban Action Lab, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda), Shuaib Lwasa (Department of Geography, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda) and Peter Kasaija (Urban Action Lab, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Copyright: 2019
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 15
Source title: International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Elias G. Carayannis (George Washington University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJSESD.2019010102

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Abstract

Although African cities are nodes of scalable solutions to climate uncertainty, adaptation efforts rarely build on the gender-climate nexus for sustainability. This article examines how gender ideologies intersect with climate risks, based on case study findings from Kampala in Uganda. Climatic hazards in Kampala include prolonged dry spells and seasonal floods; which destroy infrastructure, contaminate air and lead to unprecedented spread of cholera and malaria. Both conventional and emancipatory gender ideologies are characteristic of how the gender-climate nexus shapes adaptation at neighborhood scale. Women, as custodians of domestic hygiene, navigate the health risks of flooding through trade-offs among competing uses of their time and labour, as men comply with the masculinity code of family safety to repair flooded homes and drainages. Emancipatory gender ideologies on the other hand are manifested by women's and men's agency to adopt alternative energy sources and urban greening that have potential for sustainability.

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