Because women make up a majority of those living below the poverty line, they are most likely to bear the heaviest burdens from the effects of climate change.
Women in poor communities and countries are particularly vulnerable: they often depend on rainfall (instead of irrigation) to water their crops; they are typically responsible for providing their household’s water, food, and fuel supply; and they are less likely to have the education, opportunities, and resources they need to adapt to the impacts of climate change. In addition, women’s traditional role as caretakers means they have little time for and little access to community discussions, so their perspectives and needs are often not heard.
At the same time, many women in both rich and poor countries are powerful in their roles as consumers and citizens. Many are aware of the importance of protecting the environment for future generations. And when women create networks and organizations, they can be a powerful force for social and political change.
Oxfam’s Sisters on the Planet initiative seeks to harness the power of women, both in the US and abroad, to fight back against climate change. We’re calling on our leaders to go beyond cutting greenhouse gas emissions by providing financial assistance so that the most vulnerable communities can adapt. Learn more about our campaign.
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Meet some of the Sisters and learn how they’re leading the fight against climate change in their communities.