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We know what we need. South Asian women speak out on climate change adaptation

Women will suffer most from climate change, because they are poorer. They have less access to financial resources, land, education, health and other basic rights than men, and are seldom involved in decision making processes. Women are therefore less able to cope with the impacts of climate change and are less able to adapt.

This report shows that poor women in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal are struggling to protect their lives, homes, assets and livelihoods from weather-related hazards. However, despite limited resources, information, and support, evidence from this research shows that women in poor areas have started to adapt to a changing climate and can clearly articulate what they need to secure and sustain their livelihoods more effectively.

Their priorities include:

  • a safe place to live and store their harvest and livestock during the monsoon season
  • better access to services such as agricultural extension
  • training and information about adaptation strategies and livelihood alternatives
  • access to resources to implement effective strategies and overcome constraints.

 The report calls for the involvement of the voices and expertise of women in adaptation interventions.