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The Disproportionate Effect of Climate Change on Women: Cases, Assistance and Adaptation

Elizabeth Barad, Megan N Brown, Altamush Saeed, Jemimah Njuki, and Balrgis Osman-Elasha

Women and girls experience the greatest impact of climate change. It poses threats to their livelihoods, health, and safety. Roles as primary caregivers and providers of food and fuel make them more vulnerable when flooding and droughts occur; they are more likely to be injured and displaced.

Expert panelists highlight current climate disasters, how they drastically alter women’s lives and how women can adapt to them. They discuss cases that women’s groups have brought against governments for their failure to act on climate change, violating their right to a clean and healthy environment and discriminating against them. Panelists recommend how governments and donors should develop policies on climate change that recognize gender-sensitive impacts. Organizations such as Charity Doings Foundation and Pathfinder International will detail the assistance they are giving to these victims.