According to Christian Aid, women and girls “are disproportionately affected by climate change”

On International Women's Day, Christian Aid is highlighting "the disproportionate impact of climate change on women and girls" in some parts of the globe. 

Le new IPCC report published on Monday February 28 reveals, among other things, that global warming has already caused “large-scale negative impacts”, some of which are “irreversible” on people and nature.

The British Christian organization Christian Aid recalls that women are particularly affected by this problem in certain parts of the world. On the occasion of International Women's Rights Day, the organization recalls in Christian Today not to "make the mistake" of forgetting them.

On Twitter, Chrsitian Aid writes "to stand in solidarity with the women who are on the front lines of the climate crisis".

Dance a report titled “Women on the Frontlines: Healing the Land, Pursuing Justice”, Chrsitian Aid reveals that climate change affects women and girls more than men.

“Climate change affects us all, but often women are disproportionately affected,” reads the report, which explains that “in some contexts, deep-rooted social norms and the gender division of labor mean that women are more likely to die in disasters and have less access to information to mitigate risk”.

Also, “due to climate-related shortages of food, fuel or water”, many women are seeing their domestic chores become increasingly difficult and restrictive.

With regard to “women living in poverty – and in particular women from marginalized indigenous and caste communities”, the report shows that they face “more risks, including gender-based violence, trafficking and forced labor, when forced to migrate due to climate change”.

Women at the forefront of the climate response

Nushrat Chowdhury, climate justice policy adviser for Christian Aid and co-author of the report further asserts that because of "the impact of old colonial and economic systems", women are "rarely consulted in deciding policies or practical approaches”. Even though they are the ones who are "in the front line to understand the impacts on the climate emergency".

Christian Aid therefore calls for the “strengths, knowledge and capacities” of women to be at the forefront of the climate response.

As a Christian organization, it also works to give “a Christian perspective” on this issue. In particular, she recalls that all of God's creation is bound together in the hope and fulfillment of God's purposes”.

In fact, she believes that excluding "women from decision-making removes God's mandate of creation and salvation, which binds the destiny of humans and the rest of creation". 

Camille Westphal Perrier

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