August 2008….Although climate change affects everyone, it is not gender neutral. The Human Development Report 2007 pointed out that climate change magnifies existing inequalities reinforcing the disparity between women and men in their vulnerability and capacity to cope with climate change.
Women, as the majority of the world’s poor, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Not only are poor women more likely to become direct victims of climate change disasters, such as hurricanes and flooding, but when they lose their livelihoods, they often slip deeper into poverty, inequality and marginalization. Therefore, climate change presents a very specific threat to their security. READ MORE