Climate change is accelerating and impacting more communities around the world. Women and men experience climate change differently, as global gender inequalities persist.
Across the world, women make up the majority of the world’s poorest citizens and play a greater role in producing food and collecting water and fuel. Climate change forces women to travel further to find food, water and fuel, so they have less time for paid work, education or leisure.
Extreme weather such as droughts and floods kills more women than men. While men are freer to migrate, women tend to stay at home to look after their families. Dislocation, scarcity of resources and lack of security fuels discrimination and sexual violence. Climate change simply makes life even harder for women.
Women are often leading the way on preventing and adapting to climate change, despite having less access to land rights, financial resources, training, technology and political decision-making.
Women often have the knowledge and understanding to adapt to changing environments, but due to persistent gender inequality, they are still a largely untapped resource to climate change solutions that can benefit all of us.