Women and Climate change

Today I read this very interesting article in the Times of India, Mumbai about how women bear the brunt of climate change. With the basic resources becoming scarce, it is the woman who spends more time and energy in search of these resources. Also, in times of food scarcity at home, it is the woman (and the girls in the house) who mostly takes the smallest share. This results in malnutrition and anemia which continues into further complications like maternal mortality.

As more and more men migrate into the urban spaces for livelihood, it is mostly the woman who is left behind to fend for herself and her family. Most interesting info was that around 80% of world’s agricultural produce is by women and yet (in India) they are not recognised as farmers and are not eligible to avail any schemes and services. It is now more important to start looking at women as collaborators in every field. Dalit women and tribal women face further marginalisation and deprivation.

It is becoming more and more evident that due to marginalisation and less opportunities to make their concerns heard, women are forced to march into unchartered territories in order to survive, be it Dardpura in Kashmir or the rural poor of many states, trafficking of women and girls or exploitation for sexual purposes are on the increase. And the worst part is their invisibility.

It is time to look at all developmental frameworks from a gender sensitive lens if at all it is to benefit the community. We cannot afford to marginalise women or ignore their voices any longer.

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Published in: on December 2, 2009 at 8:43 AM  Comments (1)  

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