WMO is resolved in its efforts to achieve gender equality, empower women, and build climate resilient societies. To this end, it is committed to mainstreaming gender in its governance, working structures, programmes and service delivery. It is also determined to attract more women in science and meteorology.
The gender perspective of WMO’s vision is to realize fully the professional and human potential of both men and women through equal employment opportunities and to provide improved weather and climate services that are responsive and sensitive to women’s and men’s priorities and needs and will make a difference to their lives.
Women and men are affected differently by weather and climate. Gender sensitivities are particularly pronounced in the areas of disaster risk reduction, public health, water resources management, and agriculture and food security.
WMO encourages more women to become meteorologists and hydrologists. See the profiles of prominent female leaders in the WMO community, who work on building weather and climate resilient societies.
WMO has developed a comprehensive gender database and conducts regular surveys on the participation of women and men in its activities. Click here for a short video presenting recent statistics. Read progress reports and survey results.
Click here to access a repository of WMO publications and reports on gender mainstreaming, selected resources on the link between gender, climate, water and the environment, as well as useful links to the gender webpages of international and regional organizations. Online trainings on gender equality available.
- Dr Elena Manaenkova, WMO Assistant-Secretary General, selected as one of 20 “inspirational” women working for the environment (8 March 2016)
- Keynote Remarks by Dr Elena Manaenkova, WMO Assistant-Secretary General, at the General Discussion on Gender-Related Dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Geneva, 29 February 2016
A landmark international forum (5-7 November 2014) on how to empower women and men to build safer, stronger and more resilient societies through the provision and use of gender-sensitive weather and climate services.