Gender, Water & Climate Change
Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and the impacts of climate change are most dramatically felt through changes in water – changes that will severely affect humans, society, and the environment. More than 90 percent of climate manifestations (droughts, floods, hurricanes etc) occur through water. Women are central to the collection and safeguarding of water, and are responsible for more than 70 percent of water chores and management worldwide. In this context, it is important to note that women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men – particularly as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor, and are more dependent for their livelihood on natural resources that are negatively impacted by climate change. Further, they experience social, economic, and political barriers that limit their adaptation capacities.
CSR’s aim is to strengthen climate action by promoting gender equality. Recognising the important contributions of women as decision makers, educators, stakeholders, and experts across sectors and at all levels, can lead to successful, long term solutions to climate change. We have worked with Self Help Groups (SHG’s), Elected Women Representatives (EWR’s), community members and leaders, technical experts, local practitioners, and government officials in Bihar, Nepal, and most notably across multiple districts in Rajasthan.