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.

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 29' 15.8064" N, 74° 26' 57.984" W

Natalia Cardona, is the Constituency Engagement Manager at the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). Cardona has worked on issues of militarism and economic justice for more than a decade. She began her career at UNIFEM’s Andean Regional Office in Ecuador. Cardona also spent nine years at American Friends Service Committee lobbying to change U.S. military and economic policy in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Cardona has worked as advocacy coordinator for Social Watch in New York focusing on financing for development, gender equality, and climate justice at the United Nations. Most recently, she worked as Program Director for the Center for Women's Global Leadership leading their work on militarism and violence against women as well as social and economic rights. She holds a M.Sc. in International Affairs with a specialization on Poverty and Development from the New School and a B.A.

Location

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8555
United States
40° 29' 15.8064" N, 74° 26' 57.984" W

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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.

URL: 
http://www.unep.org/ourplanet/imgversn/152/images/Our_Planet_15.2.pdf

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.

URL: 
http://content.undp.org/go/cms-service/download/asset/?asset_id=1854911

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.

 

URL: 
http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---gender/documents/publication/wcms_101505.pdf
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