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Fixing gender disparity and climate change together

By illuminem briefings 🌎

Aug 04 2023 · 1 min read

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Climate Change · Environmental Sustainability · Mitigation

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🗞️ Driving the news:  Research from the London School of Economics concludes that climate change impacts are not gender-neutral, indicating the urgent need for gender-based responses to environmental crises
• Women, especially low-skilled laborers, face more severe repercussions from rising temperatures

🔭 The context: Gender and climate change interlinkages were globally recognized nearly 30 years ago at the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
• Despite this, progress in integrating women into climate action remains slow and could delay gender equality by another 15-20 years without a concerted shift in course

🌎 Why it matters for the planet: Disproportionate effects of climate change on women, including increased work hours and amplified risks of gender-based violence, necessitate a gender-sensitive approach to climate solutions
• Higher representation of women in climate-related decisions is associated with improved climate policies and enhanced financial performance of asset management firms

⏭️ What’s next: Experts propose tackling green job inequalities via educational and organizational reforms and addressing social and financial exclusion faced by women
• Watch for efforts to improve women's representation in climate forums and decision-making roles, along with gender-equal workload redistribution

💬 One quote: "Although often seen only as the victims of climate change, women are also catalysts for innovative solutions at both local and international levels” (OECD report, last year)

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