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Opinion: Who pays the price for climate crisis

March 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As we mark International Women's Day, a top priority must be to apply a gender lens to one of the Biden administration's key issues: climate change, write Melanne Verveer and Jessica Smith of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security. Verveer and Smith lay out four steps the administration should take to treat climate change as what it is: a threat mutilpier for vulnerable women who, if empowered, could lead the charge for change.

As we mark International Women's Day, a top priority must be to apply a gender lens to one of the Biden administration's key issues: climate change.

It has been well documented that women and girls are disproportionately impacted by climate change.

To strengthen efforts to address climate change and environmental justice, the administration should account for how gender and other factors like ethnicity, race and socio-economic status leave some more seriously affected by climate change than others.

Because gender inequalities are compounded by racial injustice, climate impacts are even more pronounced for Indigenous women and women from low-income communities and communities of color.

In the United States, Black and Indigenous women are more than twice as likely as White women to live in poverty, increasing their exposure to climate impacts according to research by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

Climate change acts as a threat multiplier for already vulnerable women in climate-affected areas.

The same inequalities that unevenly expose women to climate change impacts also create barriers to women's participation in the solutions.

We cannot effectively address the existential threat of climate change, neither at home nor abroad, without the full and meaningful participation of women.

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