Climate change poses incredible challenges for women and girls in the developing world and threatens global progress on gender equality.
We know that the growing scarcity of natural resources and the increase in extreme weather events due to climate change disproportionately impacts women and girls, especially those in marginalized and underrepresented groups. Climate change limits their opportunities for education and income-generating activities, harms their overall health and well-being, and increases their risk of violence and exploitation.
At the same time, women around the world are leading the efforts within their households and communities to prepare for and adapt to climate shocks and stresses. And women leaders are stepping up to design solutions that mitigate climate change at the local, national, and international levels. Studies show that when women are engaged as decision-makers in resilience and disaster plans, their communities are better able to adapt and manage climate impacts.
To celebrate and recognize the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), please join the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and New America on March 21st at 9 a.m. Eastern for a virtual fireside chat between New America and USAID leadership, followed by a panel discussion that explores the many ways women are leading solutions to critical land and natural resource management and climate change challenges.
This event is supported by the USAID Integrated Natural Resource Management project and moderated by Karol Boudreaux, Senior Land and Resource Governance Advisor, USAID and also Chair of the Global Donor Working Group on Land (GDWGL).