This policy brief by the South Centre stresses the importance of climate finance being used for the empowerment of women as key actors in climate protection and sustainable development policies. Appropriate climate finance matters in several key ways for women because there continues to be an underrecognition of women’s pivotal roles in managing ecosystems as well as the ways in which climate change adversely affects them. In addition to this, climate finance provides the potential to build structures that will rectify the already existing inter- and intra-generational gendered inequalities that continue to oppress women in their diversity. In short, climate finance is political and it policy considerations must take gender into account. Photo credit: WECAN International