Justice, Gender, and Climate Change
CAUSE Canada has long argued that healthy environments are the cornerstones of just and sustainable societies. Unfortunately, however, women still have lesser economic, political and legal power than men. This compromises women’s capacity to deal with climate change issues at the policy level and yet women and children are the most exposed to the adverse effects of climate change. Part of the reason for this is
because they are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood. They are responsible for acquiring potable water and fuel for cooking & heating.
Rural women from the Global South are also the primary producers of locally grown food. However, women experience unequal access to resources and decisionmaking processes. Therefore, in our collective efforts to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change it is important to identify gender-sensitive strategies that respond to the needs of women and children.
“You should defend those who cannot help themselves. Yes, speak up for the needy and see that they
get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9