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Women are the victims of climate change, and the keys to climate action - Opinion

Source(s):  Guardian, the (UK)

"It is critical to ensure more open and consistent channels of communication between official negotiations addressing climate change and women leaders of civil society organizations who can relay the ground-truths. Women’s participation is not an option, but a strategic necessity", write Mary Robinson and Melanne Verveer in an opinion piece for The Guardian.

"Structural and cultural disparities make women disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Women are more likely than men to die during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and climate change-related events". They continue, "climate change has contributed to high levels of displacement and forced migration due to environmental degradation and natural disasters. While migration can be a lifesaving tool for adaptation to climate change, forced migration often perpetuates and worsens the inequalities that women face."

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  • Publication date 01 Dec 2015

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