Empowering women and girls is central to ending the climate crisis and implementing effective nature-based solutions. Climate change touches all of humanity, but not equally. Women and girls are among those most impacted by the climate crisis. The majority of the world’s poor are women, women typically face higher risks and greater burdens from climate change, and women produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in lower-income countries. To successfully implement sustainable agriculture and food solutions, we must educate women and girls and provide them with the resources and knowledge to practice sustainable agriculture and nature-based solutions. Women and girls are often the traditional knowledge holders of their communities and care for their indigenous/tribal lands. They must be included in creating solutions to climate change and at all levels of leadership in policymaking. Studies and experience have shown that programs that support the full liberation of women and girls are the most successful in addressing climate change, especially when women lead those programs.
While leadership is a universal human capability, forms of oppressive domination prevent society from acknowledging the current leadership of women and girls, especially women of color, indigenous women and girls, and working class and poor women and girls. Because of institutionalized sexism, many have not had the chance to develop their own leadership skills to play the roles in solving the climate crisis that they could and should play.
- Azi Khalili
- Teresa Enrico
- Estianolla Harbor
- Emma Roderick
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This event is part of the Food, Land and Nature-Based Solutions program of Climate Week NYC.