Gender and climate: Weathering the storm

The climate crisis is a feminist issue, writes Mary Robinson, so must be its solutions

The World Today Published 1 October 2021 2 minute READ

Mary Robinson

Chair of The Elders, former President of Ireland, former UN Commissioner for Human Rights

The world has witnessed tectonic shifts over the past 21 months. The Covid pandemic has both exposed and exacerbated fundamental cracks in our societies. A phrase commonly used about differing experiences of the pandemic is, ‘the same storm but different boats’.

This analogy is just as apt for the climate crisis. We are all riding the terrible waves of the climate crisis, but we are not all in the same boat. Some are not in a boat at all, but already feel as though they are clinging to a lifebelt and at the mercy of the tide.

The climate crisis affects countries and communities disproportionately and it affects women more than men.

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