Climate change causes land degradation in most countries, and women and children in poor countries feel the brunt of it.
Women in developing countries at risk may not have the right to own land. This in turn, leaves them with the inability to support themselves. In developing countries, securing food, water, and shelter is a burden on women who are responsible for collecting these basic – yet crucial – necessities of life. Women can do the same work as men, but they need the training to do so.
Women in areas of the world such as the Caribbean and Africa find themselves struggling to fight against climate change’s brutal effects on their lives. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), plans to educate women and teach them how to operate agricultural machinery to in hope, increase their status and personal finances.
When food, fuel, and water is not collected, individuals are at risk of severe health problems and education is no longer on the radar. The cycle of gender inequality and disempowerment of women will worsen as our world is faced with severe land degradation.
Desmond Grown, “Gender Gap Made Worse by Land Degradation,” Inter Press Service, January 31, 2019, http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/01/gender-gap-made-worse-land-degradation/
Jasmin Huynh, “Environmental Degradation Is a Feminist Issue Often Forgotten,” ENTITY, July 6, 2018, www.entitymag.com/environmental-degradation-feminist-issue/.
Student Researcher: Rachael Barr (University of Vermont)
Faculty Evaluator: Rob Williams (University of Vermont)