IPS – When Environmental Crises Hit Homes, Women Suffer the Most

Trickling Effects of Environmental Crises on Women. The Inter Press Service (IPS) recently highlighted the implications of environmental crises on women across the world as part of a series of stories for this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018. In this article, Victor Tsang (UN Environment Gender Expert) and Shari Nijman (UN Environment Communications Officer) describe how cyclones, floods, droughts and other slow-onset disasters linked to climate change often lead to early child marriage, forced labor, sexual violence, increased rates of school drop outs among girls, longer distances to fetch water, and higher rates of death among women due to inefficient cooking technology and air pollution. The authors shed light on to the importance of adopting a holistic approach to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by empowering women and young girls who play a key role in building a sustainable future.

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