US Women's Climate Change Resolution
As a global women’s advocacy organization, WEDO (Women's Environment and Development Organization) envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment.
To contribute toward its vision for the world, WEDO’s mission is to ensure that women’s rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles-as well as the linkages between them-are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.
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WEDO views strong and diverse partnerships as integral to meeting its goals. It allies with women’s organizations; environmental, development and human rights organizations; governments; and intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, to achieve its mission. WEDO’s core competency has been high-level advocacy in international arenas, while building bridges among a range of stakeholders.
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Climate change impacts affect all of us and, as recognized in countless research, case studies and policies at national and international level, these impacts exacerbate already existing gender inequalities. Earlier this May, we were pleased to see a Congressional resolution introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)- a notable champion on women’s rights and climate change in the U.S> Congress- and 11 other House Democrats “recognizing the disparate impact of climate change on women and the efforts of women globally to address climate change.”
Sadly, some media outlets have portrayed this resolution as a joke, focusing in on sections of the document which address women’s sexual and reproductive health, stating: “food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health”.
In response, Rep. Barbara Lee stated, “It’s unfortunate that this resolution has been misrepresented as to its goals,” Lee told the Los Angeles Times via email. “Tragically, as women across the world are pushed to the margins, they become more vulnerable. And we’ve seen time after time that women on the edge are forced to make heartbreaking choices, this among them.”
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We need to act swiftly and seize this opportunity for women’s voices to be heard in the climate change discussion. This resolution can help ensure climate policies adequately address women’s needs, and incorporate their voices in the design and implementation of strategies to combat climate change.
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