Overview: Women at the Forefront

A Resource Kit on Climate, Population and Gender

No. of pages: 6

Publication date: 2009

Author: UNFPA, WEDO

Publisher: UNFPA, WEDO

Those with the fewest resources will be most susceptible to its negative effects—particularly women, the majority of the world’s poor. In many parts of the world, women still face unequal access to decision-making, formal financial systems, land  ownership, reproductive health care, and education and information, undermining their wellbeing in addition to that of their families and communities. 
At the same time, women’s vulnerability can obscure the fact that they are an untapped resource in efforts to cope with climate change and reduce the emissions that cause it.