From Bangladesh to New Orleans, those with the fewest resources are the most susceptible to climate change’s negative effects- and that means a tremendous impact particularly on women. In many parts of the world, women still face unequal access to decision-making, formal financial systems, land ownership, reproductive health care and education and information, undermining their well being in addition to that of their families and communities. At the same time, as innovators, organizers, leaders, educators and caregivers, women are positioned to help curb the harmful consequences of a changing climate. Incorporating gender equality into climate change policies, projects and funds is crucial in ensuring that women contribute to and benefit from equitable climate solutions.
Around the world the integral links between gender equality and climate change impacts can be seen clearly. The graph below highlights some global gender gaps and the impacts of climate change:
As we celebrate Earth Day, we join partners, colleagues and friends around the world in a call for action, recognizing our responsibility to each other, to future generations and to a just, peaceful and healthy planet.
Happy Earth Day!
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