Women and Climate Change Impact and Agency in Human Rights, Security, and Economic Development

  • Citation: “Women and Climate Change.” Georgetown Institute of Women Peace and Security, 2015.
    • Topics:
    • Transnational Issues
    • Keywords:
    • General
    • UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325)
    • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
    • Conference of Parties (COP) 21 conference

Climate change is a global challenge that burdens all of humanity, but not equally. The world’s poor, the majority of whom are women, are encumbered disproportionately. The distinct impacts of climate change on men and women are exacerbated in settings that are also affected by violent conflict, political instability, and economic strife. As the world struggles to grapple with rapid onset disasters as well as respond to slower degradation caused by climate change, it is critical to ensure that the plight of women is firmly on the agenda of concerns, and that women – from different backgrounds – are able to lead in negotiations and participate in the design and implementation of programs.

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