Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction


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 women – from different backgrounds – are able to lead in negotiations and participate in the design and implementation of programs, and that gender issues are firmly on the climate agenda.

Our latest research study explores how local women are fostering climate-resilient communities in Colombia, Sudan & Nepal.

Profiles in Peace

How Women Rebuilt Nepal

How Women Rebuilt Nepal

Nepali women played a crucial yet underappreciated role in relief efforts following the nation’s ten-year civil war and following the earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, killing 9,000 people. Many women continue to help the country as it moves into long-term recovery processes. This video complements new research from Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security on women’s roles in political transition and disaster recovery in Nepal.