With the latest data, we now understand the vital link between gender, social equity and climate change, and recognize that without gender equality today, a sustainable future, an equal future, remains out of reach.
Women and girls experience the greatest impacts of the climate crisis as it amplifies existing gender inequalities and puts women’s lives and livelihoods at risk. Across the world, women depend more on, yet have less access to, natural resources, and often bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing food, water, and fuel.
As women and girls bear the burden of climate impacts, they are also essential to leading and driving change in climate adaption, mitigation and solutions. Without the inclusion of half of the world's population, it is unlikely that solutions for a sustainable planet and a gender equal world tomorrow will be realized.
Last year, at the Generation Equality Forum, the Action Coalition for Feminist Action for Climate Justice was launched, bringing together governments, private sector companies, the UN system and civil society in order to make concrete commitments toward climate justice. This International Women’s Day, the Action Coalition is helping drive global action and investment with a focus on financing for gender-just climate solutions, increasing women’s leadership in the green economy, building women’s and girls resilience to climate impacts and disasters and increasing the use of data on gender equality and climate.
Join us in celebrating all the ways women and girls are taking climate action at all levels, and help elevate their voices and support their work
In her statement for International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous says: "Let us make this International Women’s Day a moment to recall that we have the answers not just for SDG 5 but, through the advancement of gender equality, for all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. I look forward to working with every one of you to that end."
Statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on International Women's Day
On International Women’s Day, we celebrate women and girls everywhere. We celebrate their contributions to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Their ideas, innovations and activism that are changing our world for the better. And their leadership across all walks of life.
Event: United Nations Observance of International Women's Day 2022
UN Women is pleased to invite you to the United Nations observance of International Women’s Day 2022. The theme is “Gender Equality Today for a sustainable tomorrow”. Learn more ►
Youth voices for change: Four young climate action leaders we admire
Explainer: How climate change and gender are interconnected
Five ways to build gender equality and sustainability
Explainer: Why women need to be at the heart of climate action
Stories from the field4
In Morocco, fisherwomen adopt new climate-resilient practices
Weather forecasts shift climate change impact for women farmers in Malawi
I am Generation Equality: Selin Gören, climate activist
A climate smart approach to drought in Kenya’s arid lands
Women at the forefront of climate action across Europe and Central Asia
How women in Ecuador are restoring a fragile ecosystem in the face of climate crisis
Interview: “You can’t have climate justice without gender equality”
“Women are a driving force in disaster risk reduction and emergency response”
Celebrate International Women’s Day with us online! Use your own platforms to speak up for gender equality and celebrate the contribution of women and girls who are leading the charge on climate change to build a sustainable tomorrow.
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