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Women and Climate Change

Posted by joyinhome on November 19, 2009

This morning, I read an article that discussed the absence of women in the global debate about climate change. At the core of the missions of many women’s organziations is the belief that if you improve the life of a woman, you have improved the life of her family and her community. I whole-heartedly believe that; women have always been the heart of families and communities.

Experts believe that climate change disproportionately impacts women in part because traditional domestic responsibilities usually fall on women and girls. Women are the primary caretakers of families and main managers of everything from food production to water management in their households. They are the ones who cook, clean and farm for their families, in addition to providing health care and hygiene, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

A fascinating example of the impact of climate change upon women, is the lack of water as a natural resource. Women and girls in the developing world are tasked with water collection for their families and travel long distances to get it. Droughts are increasing that distance and as a result, millions of girls are unable to go to school.

“If the voices from the women’s rights movement don’t pick up this issue–loudly, clearly and unanimously–climate change will not only drown out countries, but the agents of change, women, with it. And that is simply not an option.”

Let’s make our voices heard on this issue, as one of the many that disproportionately impact women and girls and ultimately families. Share your story and opinions with your representatives through BPW Foundation’s Advocacy Center.

Facing a Changing World: women, population and climate – United Nations Population Fund report

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