In northern India, the SDC encourages women to diversify the forest products they grow in order to cope with the climate change. <br/> Photo: © SDC
In northern India, the SDC encourages women to diversify the forest products they grow in order to cope with the climate change.
Photo: © SDC

28.03.2017

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Women generally suffer more than men do from the effects of climate change and natural disasters. This observation leads the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to develop a targeted strategy of supporting projects in which women play an important role in their own social and economic emancipation.

On the slopes of the Bolivian Altiplano, in Haiti and in rural India, women tend to bear the brunt of climate change and natural disasters. Because they attend to household duties, they depend on access to natural resources more than men do. When these resources become scarce, an entire way of life – and means of survival – collapses. Some women also lose the little financial independence they had gained. These simple observations show that climate change and natural disasters must be treated as factors that exacerbate gender inequality.
 
In an effort to reverse this trend, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC gives women an important role in climate-adaptation and disaster-prevention projects. The objective is twofold: to reduce gender inequality and to leverage the flexibility, creativity and adaptability that many women have to offer. Some projects offer women the opportunity to get involved in such things as awareness-raising campaigns and training workshops.

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