In many societies, deeply embedded gender inequalities in roles, status and rights render women disproportionately vulnerable to climate change.
Despite playing pivotal roles in production and reproduction, women often have less access to economic resources, employment, education, information and technology, and are excluded from decision-making processes that affect their lives. Particularly in poorer societies, the sectors dominated by women — such as food production, domestic fuel and water, subsistence agriculture and informal employment — suffer the worst climate impacts.
Such factors greatly heighten women’s exposure to climate-related risks, yet at the same time severely constrain their ability to deal with adverse climate effects, or participate in solutions.
” It is increasingly evident that women are at the centre of the climate change challenge. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts, such as droughts, floods and other extreme weather events, but they also have a critical role in combatting climate change.” UNFCCC
Gender-focussed climate responses are central to empowering women, their households and communities to become climate resilient.
Integrate Climate works to address the causes of gender-based climate vulnerability. We ensure that the different needs, priorities, constraints and capabilities of women and men are incorporated into mitigation and adaptation strategies. We recognise women as important agents of change, and support their meaningful participation at all levels of intervention and decision-making.