On Thursday November 3rd 2011, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced a Congressional resolution to bring attention to the greater economic, agricultural, and health-related hardships faced by women arising from climate change.  H.Con.Res. 84 recognizes the disparate impact of climate change on women and the efforts of women globally to address this issue. The Resolution was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

From the official posting on her website, Representative Lee remarks: “The direct and indirect effects of climate change continue to have a disproportionate impact on marginalized women, including refugee and displaced persons, sexual minorities, religious and ethnic minorities, adolescent girls, women and girls with disabilities and those who are HIV positive,” said Congresswoman Lee. “While women are bearing the brunt of climate change’s effects, they are often underrepresented in the development of climate change adaptation policy. This is unacceptable.”

Co-Sponsors of this Resolution included:

Representative Lee has long been an advocate for women’s rights, and particularly the impacts women face from climate change. On April 2, 2009, alongside Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), she introduced Resolution H.R. 98  on the same topic.

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Tell Barbara Lee @RepBarbaraLee that just as she stands behind women affected by climate change, we stand behind her!

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