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Why women are vital for combatting climate change.


International Women's Day (IWD), celebrated annually on March 8th, is a global observance dedicated to honoring the achievements of women and promoting gender equality. In recent years, the significance of International Women's Day has expanded beyond traditional gender issues, intertwining with broader challenges such as its intersectionality with climate change, highlighting the crucial role women play in environmentalism.

Empowering Women for Climate Action:

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but also a key driver of sustainable development. Women, who make up half of the world's population, possess unique perspectives and skills that are vital for addressing climate change. Societies with greater gender equality are more likely to implement sustainable solutions, with women more likely to work in the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sectors, but with men disproportionately holding parliament, managerial, climate negotiators, and peacekeepers. Empowering women economically, socially, and politically is essential for building resilient communities in the face of environmental challenges.

Climate-Related Vulnerabilities:

Climate change disproportionately affects women, particularly in countries where they are often responsible for water and food resources. As the labor force, women have to work through extreme weather events such as droughts and floods, increasing the effort they must put forth for income and resources for their families. Girls often have to leave school to help their mothers bear this burden, further exacerbating gender equality through disproportionate education opportunities. In the case of natural disasters, women are less likely to survive due to gender disparities in information, decision-making, mobility, and access to resources. They’re less able to access relief and assistance which threatens their livelihood, furthering vulnerability.

Women as Agents of Change:

Empowering women to be decision-makers in sectors such as agriculture allows them, as the majority of the labor force, to implement sustainable practices, increase production, and increase profit margins. After all, who knows the land better than those who work on it? Women are also more vulnerable to climate change, so a more sustainable system means a more resilient community, not only for more vulnerable populations such as women themselves but for everyone.

Innovative Solutions by Women:

Women around the world are leading innovative initiatives to combat climate change. From sustainable agriculture practices to renewable energy projects, women are at the forefront of creating solutions that not only mitigate environmental impact but also promote social and economic development. Take a look at a few of the amazing climate solution projects by women from around the world!

Challenges Faced by Women in the Context of Climate Change:

Limited Access to Resources:

Women, especially in developing nations, often face barriers to accessing resources and information related to climate change. This hinders their ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions and implement sustainable practices.

Gender-Based Violence:

Climate-related disasters can increase the risk of gender-based violence, as vulnerable populations, including women, may face additional threats during and after such events. Recognizing and addressing these risks is crucial for building climate-resilient communities.

Underrepresentation in Decision-Making:

Despite their integral role in climate action, women are often underrepresented in decision-making processes related to environmental policies and initiatives. Research shows that increasing women’s representation leads to more stringent climate change policies at the national level and better resource governance and conservation at the local level.


International Women's Day serves as a powerful reminder of the interconnectedness between gender equality and environmental sustainability. By recognizing and addressing the disproportionate contributions and challenges faced by women, we must empower them in our fight against climate change. As we celebrate International Women's Day, let us advocate for a more inclusive and equitable world where women play a central role through leadership and decision-making in shaping a sustainable and resilient future for all.