Why We Can’t Stop Climate Change Without Gender Equality

The missing link

Why It Matters

Countless studies show that climate change disproportionately impacts women. Despite this, gender issues are often left out of climate action discussions. For Andrea Dicks, President of Community Foundations of Canada, the only way to achieve our climate goals is through collaboration—and that includes equality on all fronts.

It’s 2020, and the fight for equality and climate justice continues both in Canada and around the world. We have entered the last decade to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the climate crisis still continues. We’re seeing progressive strides for gender equality with more women in politics, and more countries implementing laws against gender-based violence — but a gap still remains, including in Canada

In 2019, the UN Secretary-General put out a call to initiate this Decade of Action — to ‘generate an unstoppable movement’ pushing for transformation, including Climate Action and Gender Equality. This includes action across three lev


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