Even in America, the poverty rate for women is higher than it is for men. Women in the U.S. are also more likely to be displaced and die in natural disasters. When we talk about disproportionate impacts of climate change on female health, this is what we mean. Women's rights to good health should be equal to those of men but these rights face great threats, one of which is climate change. Even presidential hopefully Hillary Clinton speaks about this issue in regards to her gender equality platform. As Bustle reports below, a paper by Soroptimist International of the Americas says, “No matter the country in which a disaster strikes, more women are at risk and continue to be at risk, during and after disasters because of existing gender inequities — they are among the poorest, lack mobility and access to resources and have increased family responsibilities.” Climate for Health calls upon women's health professionals to join us in the movement to incorporate climate solutions into your work and, in doing so, take a stand for women's rights.
By Lauren Holter I July 27, 2015
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton unveiled her ambitious climate change plan, proving that she takes the consequences of global warming seriously, and that she isn’t shy about attacking Republican presidential hopefuls for ignoring science, to boot. In a Sunday campaign video, Clinton pledged to have more than half a billion solar panels installed across the country, and set a goal of having enough renewable energy to power every house in America within 10 years. It’s not surprising that Clinton’s advocating for climate change action, considering her super liberal leanings and work on clean energy legislation in the Senate. It also complements her gender equality platform — after all, climate change disproportionately affects women and girls across the world, including the U.S.
Clinton understands that, on top of being an environmental issue, climate change is a feminist issue. At a United Nations event in March, she said, “One area we don’t have as much data as I wish we did — and therefore don’t have the kind of clarity we need to make the case — is about the relationship between women and the environment. There is still very little sex-disaggregated data out there about these sets of issues, and that is a problem because the impacts of climate change are already shaping the lives of women and girls around the world.”
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