In societies where people are discriminated against based on gender, ethnicity, class, and caste, being a man or woman is often a decisive factor in determining the levels of risk they face from climate change, extreme and uncertain weather, and changes in the environment and economy. Gender inequality is a root cause of poverty. Climate change, in turn, is making poverty worse. This means that the chances of achieving a better life for many women and girls are threatened by a double injustice: climate change and gender inequality.
Women, as a result of gender roles and societal norms, are often more directly and severely impacted by climate change, while, at the same time, they have a unique perspective to develop creative and effective solutions. Involving both men and women equally in decision-making processes results in more sustainable climate action. CARE’s community-based adaptation projects prove that men and women can play complementary roles. The better our understanding of how gender dynamics influence people’s vulnerability to climatic changes, and what options they have to deal with these changes, the more successfully we can target groups and action.
CARE’s goals for gender equality in the context of climate change and resilience are two-fold, we strive to ensure:
- Diversity in leadership: that women are empowered to become decision-makers, advocates and leaders in efforts to address the climate crisis.
- All policies, plans and practices to address climate change and resilience are responsive to gender dynamics and social norms.