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.
Affected first and worst, poor women are rendered all the more vulnerable by longstanding inequalities that silence their voices and neglect their needs. Identifying and addressing women’s needs, as well as promoting women as decision makers, are critical elements to ensure the success of environmental policy and programming.
Yet women are not only victims of climate change and environmental degradation – they also possess the knowledge and skills that are critical to finding local solutions. Environmental policies, programmes and finance, therefore, should incorporate and benefit from this know-how while supporting women in the face of today’s unprecedented environmental challenges.
Given the requisite tools and the support, women are a driving force for development. Indeed, experience shows that the resiliency of households and communities depends in great part on the resiliency of women. UNDP seeks to provide women with the support they need to get their families, their communities, and nations, on the right track.
The document highlights UNDP’s role in resiliency of women by encouraging participation in environmental planning and climate change action