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Gender, Displacement and Climate Change


Harper,  Andrew
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Vinke,  Kira
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Blocher,  Julia
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Harper, A., Vinke, K., Blocher, J. (2022): Gender, Displacement and Climate Change, Genève : United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4 p.

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_28202
The climate crisis is an unequivocal threat to human wellbeing. However, not all human beings are equally affected. With pre-existing gender inequalities compounding their vulnerabilities, women and girls are among the worst impacted. Climate change is contributing to humanitarian crises and will continue to increase displacement across regions. Those already displaced are disproportionately exposed to climate and environmental risks, 1 and often lack the means for sustainable, climate risk-informed solutions to their displacement. As women and children make up the overwhelming majority of displaced population due to conflict, they often experience ruinous impacts brought on by climate change. It is crucial to prioritize women’s and girl’s empowerment when addressing protection risks, including gender-based violence, in the context of displacement and climate change. Adopting a gender lens helps to identify and respond to specific risks and needs, and it highlights the essential roles women can take on in leading sustainable transformations.