Climate change affects women more severely than men.
At the local level, disasters compound social exclusion and existing vulnerabilities, disproportionately taxing the poor, women, and children. The United Nations Handbook for Estimating the Socioeconomic and Environmental Effects of Disaster (2003) emphasizes that one consequence of disaster “is the decapitalization of women and the reduction of their share of productive activities in the formal and informal sectors.”
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Climate change in Malawi is pushing people further into poverty and women are suffering most, according to our new report (Wed June 17).
The report, The Winds of Change: Climate change, poverty and the environment in Malawi, says that an increase in temperatures and intense rain in Malawi over the past 40 years has led to drought and flooding, causing shorter growing seasons, poor crop yields, food shortages, hunger and the spread of disease in a country where 29 per cent of people already live in extreme poverty.
Women and men interact with the physical environment in different ways and different cultures define roles for women that tend to include activities closely related to the environment and natural resources. But even though women’s dependence on natural resources in developing countries has been recognized internationally, women’s interests and participation in decision making and natural resource management at all levels are still not equal with men’s. This compromises the abilities of local communities, nations, and the international community to achieve sustainable development.