Climate Change is a women’s issue

Here’s the story. No need to reproduce it in full here, but just to pique your interest here’s a taste:

Climate Change Is a Women’s Issue

By Bojana Stoparic, Women’s eNews. Posted July 10, 2006.

Some women’s advocates are demanding that new climate policies address the different ways men and women will be affected by global warming.

If climate change predictions by researchers at the University of Toronto prove to be right, low-lying Bangladesh will suffer some of the worst effects of global warming. Already, about a fifth of the country is flooded annually. As temperatures and sea levels rise, flooding may increase up to 40 percent.

For Bangladeshi women, this is particularly bad news. In some past floods–such as in April 1991 following a Category 4 cyclone–the death rate for women was five times that of men.

[…]

Neither the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change–the first international treaty to address global warming, which entered into force in 1994–nor the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2012 through legally binding measures, mentions gender.

Read the full article

Thanks to Debra at Bread and Roses for the heads-up.

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One thought on “Climate Change is a women’s issue

  1. hi berlynn,
    you are doing great work—thankyou.
    i haven’t been a poster on babble for very long,but i’ve found your posts there and on b&r valuable.
    i’m out of most loops and for the most part have been working in a void since i withdrew my energies from group environmental projects.

    one important area that seems to bet no attention is the female farmer and climate change[i just heard it referred to as climate collapse by james lovelock].

    globally, most farmers are women, although they seem to be almost invisible in any farming discussions and statistics.

    climate extremes and drought are big problems for women who farm. they are unlikely to be protected with the crop insurance that corporate farms can obtain.
    many have been pushed off of the most viable lands for years now, and are already on less desirable farmland.
    given past patterns of utter disregard or respect and support for their work, i suspect that as water becomes even more of a crisis, they will find themselves deprived of access to it as soon as corporate intrests conflict with their crop needs.

    although most women farmers are small operations, often feeding just their social grouping with leftover produce going to local markets, they are much more useful at preventing hunger peacefully and ecologically than multinational corporate farms or food aid programs.

    it shocks me that women aren’t being factored into any of the global climate change discussion.

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