Fast Facts: Gender and Environment04 Aug 2011
Dependent as they are on the environment to feed their families and eke out a living, the world’s poorest people suffer the most from changes in climate and the degradation of natural resources. The world’s poorest inhabitants – six out of ten of whom are female – are therefore most severely affected by increasingly longer droughts, more severe storms and flooding, species depletion, soil degradation, deforestation, and other negative alterations to the natural environment.
While changes in the environment affect everyone, they affect men and women differently. Women’s and girls’ traditional responsibilities as food growers, water and fuel gatherers, and caregivers connect them intimately to available natural resources and the climate, making them more vulnerable to environmental hardships.