Power structures over gender make women more vulnerable to climate change
(Climate Change News, 9 Mar 2020) The 2020 International Women’s Day theme: I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights is closely linked to climate change impacts and the need for ambitious climate action.
As the global community assesses progress made for women’s rights during the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, it is timely to take stock of the gendered nuances of climate impacts, how gender equality is affected by the climate crisis and how women are playing leading roles in climate action.
There are ample examples from across the globe that underscore how differently climate change impacts women and men, particularly in the global south.
In the aftermath of disasters, women are more likely than men to be displaced, to be sexually assaulted, to be victims of violence and to face other human rights violations.
In many regions, women are more likely than men to conclude formal education early, making them less informed about climate change and less likely to be involved in decision making that will affect vulnerability.