climate change and women

Priya verma
Posted August 29, 2015 from Canada
climate change effects
climate change effects the ecosystem badly.Climate change is already harming people and ecosystems. Its reality can be seen in melting glaciers, disintegrating polar ice and polluted water and rise in temperature and global warming.

How are you or women in your community directly affected by climate change?

Women are more vulnerable because they have less access to education and information that would allow them to manage climate-related risks to agriculture and livestock. In India, many women have considerably less access than men to critical information on weather alerts and cropping patterns, affecting their capacity to respond effectively to climate variability.

Climate change has a significant impact on securing household water, food, and fuel—activities that usually are the responsibility of women and girls. In times of drought and erratic rainfall, women and girls must walk farther and spend more of their time collecting water and fuel. Girls may have to drop out of school to help their mothers with these tasks, continuing the cycle of poverty and inequity. Changing climates also affect the health of crops and livestock, and women, who are often responsible for producing the food eaten at home, must work harder for less food.

Studies have shown that women disproportionately suffer the impacts of disasters, severe weather events, and climate change because of cultural norms and the inequitable distribution of roles, resources, and power, especially in developing countries.

What solutions are you and your community implementing to address climate change?

Many women around the world must adapt their lives to a changing climate. Increases in extreme weather conditions—droughts, storms, and floods—are already altering economies, economic development, and patterns of human migration, and are likely to be among the biggest global health threats this century. Everyone will be affected by these changes, but not equally. Vulnerability to climate change will be determined by a community or individual's ability to adapt.

Many women have a strong body of traditional and environmental knowledge gleaned from years of helping their female relatives, collecting and managing resources, and raising their families. When they are in control of resources, women are more likely than men to use them for family health and economic stability. Research also shows that women may be more likely to change strategies in response to new information and to make decisions that minimize risk.8 All these qualities suggest that when women are empowered, they can be extremely effective agents of adaptation to climate change. women were powerful agents for change and their leadership should be one of the priorities in adaptation and risk-reduction strategies. Given that gender equality was a prerequisite for sustainable development and poverty reduction, the inequalities that were magnified by climate change slowed progress towards those goals as well

Why is it important that women’s voices are heard and included in the decision making process around climate change?

WOMEN MUST PARTICIPATE IN ALL ASPECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE, IN PARTICULAR DECISION-MAKING ON ADAPTATION, MITIGATION. As far as how to make the climate change process relevant to women at different levels, it is important to ensure that women participated at decision-making at all levels. National Governments should mainstream gender into national adaptation policies.The most vulnerable groups to climate change should be involved in developing adaptation and mitigation strategies

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Liz Poulsen
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015

Hello Priya - 

This post looks like it would be a great submission to World Pulse's new Call to Action on climate change. If you'd like, a World Pulse staff member can add this post to the Call to Action--just let us know if you'd be interested.

In the future, if you'd like to directly submit a Call to Action, please go to the main World Pulse page, hover your cursor over "Get Involved" on the main menu, click on "Take Action," click on the first link, then scroll down and click on the orange button that says "Share your voice with the World Pulse community."

Please let me know if you'd like your post to be included and I'll let the World Pulse staff know!

- Liz

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Priya verma
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015

Thanks Liz for the comments.

You can add this post definately, our aim is to fight climate change as women and childrens are the worst suffers of climate change.

Priya Verma

Oct 08, 2015
Oct 08, 2015

Hi Priya,

Thank you for this very informative and powerful post. I think you  make a very interesting point on how especially women often have a wealth of knowledge on (amongst others) collecting and managing resources. Do you have any examples of how you or women in your community have knowledge that can be used in our fight against climate change? I would love to hear more about your ideas and how you practice them in your community!