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.

Celebrating Momentum and Milestones: A WEDO History of Women’s Organizing Toward a Healthy and Peaceful Planet

 What if we, as women, use this opportunity of the UN Conference on Environment and Development to be the change we want to see in the world?” This was the question women activists posed to themselves in the early 1990s, according to WEDO founding member Thais Corral of Brazil. “This was the starting point of WEDO: a group of friends, a group of women activists occupying a range of strategic positions around the world, trying to figure out how to innovate, how to collaborate – how to be the change we want to see.”


CSW56 Learning Circle: Gender and Climate Change

Nearly 150 participants joined in the Learning Circles on Gender and Climate co-hosted by the GGCA and NGO CSW NY.


Gender equality and climate change: Main findings

Climate change is a multiplier of environmental changes and has major impacts on the lives of women and men. These impacts and consequences are not gender-neutral. Women and men have different needs, priorities and possibilities of mitigating the effect of the impact and adapting to climate change. Therefore policies on climate change and actions taken can be more effective and enhance equality if they take into account gender aspects.


Women at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopes

 Women are often in the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. Globally the world is seeing increasingly frequent droughts and floods which are having economic but also profound social consequences. The women and people of Asia are currently at greatest risk with over 100 million people affected in this region annually.


Forests and Gender

 WEDO is proud to present a new publication in partnership with IUCN, which takes a fresh look at some of the aforementioned issues facing gender and forests, and considers how gender is being addressed both on the ground and in policy discussions on climate change.

The publication includes case studies from around the world, demonstrating the wealth of learning and experience that is resulting from increased awareness and integration of gender issues within forestry work. It also examines current issues and progress at the international and global levels, and forecasts future challenges and developments. Click here to download a copy.

NEW Brochure: “Empower Women, Impact Climate”

 If climate change policies are going to be effective, women have to be at the negotiating table. Established in 2009 by WEDO, the Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with the support of the Government of Finland, the Women Delegates Fund (WDF) supports the participation and leadership of women at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

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