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Both women and men working in natural resource sectors, such as agriculture, are likely to be affected by climate change. However, the impact is not the same and women's vulnerability stems from a number of factors -- social, economic and cultural.
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Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.

Women are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources which climate change threatens the most.

At the same time, women and girls are effective and powerful leaders and change-makers for climate adaptation and mitigation. They are involved in sustainability initiatives around the world, and their participation and leadership results in more effective climate action.

Continuing to examine the opportunities, as well as the constraints, to empower women and girls to have a voice and be equal players in decision-making related to climate change and sustainability is essential for sustainable development and greater gender equality. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.

This International Women’s Day, let’s claim “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.

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Learn, feel moved and help

UN Women has prepared a large number of multimedia content to stay informed, learn about personal stories and spread the message in favor of gender equality. We invite you to collaborate with the agency on this year's theme and post on your social networks the GIFs, illustrations, data cards, slogans and videos that the agency shares.

UN courses about gender and climate change

Gender and environment

¿Do you want to find out why promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment can help deliver better environmental outcomes, and to figure out how you can do it?

Gender Equality and Human Rights in Climate Action and Renewable Energy

This self-paced e-course provides an overview of the interlinkages between gender, human rights, climate change, and renewable energy. t provides participants with the specific knowledge and tools to integrate and implement gender equality in renewable energy access and entrepreneurship.

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Do you master this topic? Test your knowledge with this UN Women’s quiz and its 5 questions. If you get all the questions right... Congratulations! You are a pro. If not, don't worry. There are always ways to learn more about the connection between gender inequalities and climate change.

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Given the key role of language in shaping cultural and social attitudes, using gender-inclusive language is a powerful way to promote gender equality and eradicate gender bias. This website compiles resources to help United Nations staff navigate this issue. Check it out!

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International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.