How women are fighting against climate disasters
Why’s Oxfam — an organization that works to fight poverty, hunger and injustice — suddenly so involved with climate change issues? The answer’s simple: The poor, hungry and disenfranchised — who often live in areas already prone to natural disasters — are often the hardest hit by the impacts of climate change. And according to Oxfam (PDF), women in these communities are the hardest hit of all:
When natural disasters strike, they hit poor communities first and worst. And since women make up an estimated 70 percent of those living below the poverty line, they are most likely to bear the heaviest burdens. At the same time, women are often left out of the conversation about adapting to climate change, even though they are sometimes in the best position to provide solutions.
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