Posted on 8th March 2023

International Women’s Day 2023

The theme for this year’s UN International Women’s Day is ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.’ 

Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis because existing gender inequalities are exacerbated in times of crisis. Educating women and girls, is one of the most effective ways to tackle the climate crisis.  

  • An estimated 80% of people displaced by climate disasters and women and girls. UNDP (2016) Gender and Climate Change Policy Brief   
  • It will take another 132 years to close the global gender gap according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2022.  
  • It is estimated that at least 200 million adolescent girls living in the poorest communities face a heightened risk from the effects of climate change. Sims (2021) Education, Girls’ Education and Climate Change 
  • Equipping women and girls with the skills and knowledge about how to adapt to the climate crisis can have profound impacts at country level resilience. The Notre Dame Environmental Change Index measures a country’s ability to adapt to climate change and recover from climate disasters by looking at factors such as infrastructure, food insecurity and level of civil conflict. One study has found that for every year of schooling a girl receives, her country’s resilience to climate change grows by 3.2 points. Over time, this resiliency could help reduce the number of deaths that occur due to climate disasters.