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Why the climate crisis is not gender-neutral

The climate crisis is not gender-neutral. On International Women's Day, and every other day, we must confront a stark reality: women and girls are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis, especially in developing countries where vulnerability is heightened and resources are scarce.
Statistics paint a bleak picture:
⚠️ Women and girls are 14 times more likely to die during disasters than men.
🌪️ 80% of those displaced annually by climate-related events are women.
🌾 Women produce up to 80% of food in developing nations, rendering them more susceptible to food insecurity amidst climate-induced crop failures.
🚨 In areas most affected by climate change, female genital mutilation has increased by almost 30%
Climate change is anticipated to cause an additional 250,000 deaths annually between 2030 & 2050, with women and children bearing the brunt of this toll.
These numbers should ignite outrage, regardless of gender. Women often face barriers to education, healthcare, and economic resources, limiting their capacity to adapt and mitigate climate impacts. Ownership of land and access to credit, crucial for sustainable agriculture and resilience-building, remains complicated for many women. The climate crisis permeates all aspects of women's lives, exacerbating existing inequalities and introducing new challenges such as increased genital mutilation and elevated costs of sanitary products.
Despite these realities, women are still sidelined in climate decision-making processes. Let's just remember how recently the upcoming COP29 first appointed no women to its 28-member climate committee and finally changed its mind after global outrage.

Some new research reveals the staggering economic toll climate change has on women in rural areas. New data from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization indicates that households led by women lose about 8% more income to heat stress and experience a 3% greater reduction in income from floods compared to male-led households. This disparity translates to approximately an extra $37 billion (!!) lost to women from heat stress and $16 billion extra from floods annually across low-and middle-income countries. A 1°C rise in temperatures correlates with a one-third reduction in the incomes of female-headed households. The issue is that climate aid often overlooks these gendered impacts, failing to address the unique vulnerabilities women face. By intentionally targeting women and empowering them economically, we can catalyze GDP growth and enhance resilience in the face of climate change.
Head to our home page today to read about women-led initiatives tackling these economic disparities.

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Investing in gender-responsive policies, enhancing women's representation in leadership roles, and empowering women as agents of change are imperative steps. Research by the International Union for Conservation of Nature demonstrates that increased women's participation in natural resource management leads to better conservation outcomes and sustainable resource use. One of my favourite pieces of data: when women are leading companies, they are most likely to reach their climate goals.
As the climate crisis deepens existing inequalities, poverty and hunger, prioritising gender-inclusive solutions is not just a moral imperative, but an economic necessity. On this International Women's Day, once again, let us commit to inclusivity and adopt a gender-sensitive approach to climate action.

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  • George Kariuki

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    Let's commit to gender-inclusive solutions and amplify women's voices in the fight against climate change.

    • Princess

      5 w

      This awareness fosters inclusivity and strengthens our collective efforts to combat climate change for the benefit of all.

      • We Don't Have Time

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        • walter lungayi

          6 w

          This highlights the urgent need for gender-inclusive approaches to address the impact of climate change.

          • Boniface Kuria

            5 w

            @walter_lungayi As we celebrate International Women's Day. We should make climate action an equal initiative.

          • Sulle Kadang

            6 w

            Women is the most direct sacrificed from any extrem climate change, as they have to manage services for house hold daily needs, such as quality food, water, fresh air ect.

            • Chris Ndungu

              6 w

              Women opt to be on the forefront of been recognized as icon of the environment. They play a vital role when it comes to the conservations of the environment.

              • Boniface Kuria

                6 w

                Its so apparent that women suffer more due to climate change, especially in developing nations. I had no idea it was to this extent. I believe women should get an equal share if not more on the table in climate action activities.

                • Joseph Githinji

                  6 w

                  Women play a vital role in climate conservation and climate action and must be respected and given a chance on the table to make climate decisions. This is a conclusive research that will gain in giving women space on matters climate conservation. Happy women's day in advance to all super women supporting climate action activities.

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