Climate Change & Women

As the majority of the world’s poor, women are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change as it exacerbates poverty and threatens to set back development efforts by decades. Women’s social roles as food providers for their families, managers of household resources and chief caregivers after natural disasters uniquely position them as both victims of climate change and powerful agents of change. Sectors central to climate change mitigation such as agriculture, food security and water management are predominately female. All climate change policymaking, implementation and government accountability must be gender-responsive and include the input of women most directly affected by these efforts.

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The Haitian Earthquake: An Update

*By Julie Zeilinger

With an estimated 50,000-100,000 dead, 300,000 homeless, and 3 million needing help in some form, it’s clear that the Haitian earthquake was a disaster that demands long-term support for recovery. But despite the fact that it has been over 7 months since the earthquake struck, Haiti continues to face numerous obstacles to recovery.

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Joni Seager's Keynote Address At BCRW's Feminism and Climate Change Conference

Quite appropriate on this green holiday (St. Patrick's Day) that Joni Seager's keynote address from the recent Barnard Center for Research on Women's Feminism and Climate Change conference has just been posted. Check it out:

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Women, Health & the Environment

This special issue of Our Planet, published by the United Nations Environmental Programme, underlines women's unique vulnerability to environment-related health problems, from water and sanitation issues to ones of indoor air pollution.


UNDP Resource Guide on Gender & Climate Change

This Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change presents principal conceptual and methodological advances on gender relations in the context of climate change, with the overall objective of providing guidelines for actors, practitioners and consumers in this relatively new programme area.


Green Jobs: Improving the Climate for Gender Equality, Too

Climate change is not gender neutral.

Women are increasingly being seen as more vulnerable than men to the effects of climate change because they represent the majority of the world’s poor and are proportionally more dependent on threatened natural resources. What is more, women tend to play a greater role than men in natural resource management – farming, planting, protecting and caring for seedlings and small trees – and in ensuring nutrition and as care providers for their families.



Feminism and Climate Change

By Kyla Bender-Baird

This Saturday I trudged through the snow to attend the 35th Scholar and Feminist Conference put on by the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Quite appropriately, considering the recent weather, we were discussing feminism and climate change. Commenting on the nearly 36 inches of snow dumped on New York City, Janet Jakobsen, director of BCRW, asked in her welcoming remarks, “Is this a once in a century event or a sign of global climate change?”

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