Women’s Health and Climate Change

With 45% of the world’s natural disasters occurring in the Asia-Pacific in the last three decades, the region houses 65% of world total casualties by natural disasters. Due to its vulnerability to floods, cyclones, earthquakes, drought, storms, and tsunamis, the long-term effect of climate change needs to be studied now more than ever to build resilient societies and to start a discourse on climate issues. This paper looks at an aspect of climate change that is riddled with knowledge gaps and insufficient informations; it’s impact on women’s health – particularly their sexual and reproductive health – and the inequality dimension of disasters, positing the disproportionate effect disasters have on women, and the exacerbation of gender power imbalances, marginalisation, and vulnerability.

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climate change asia

Lim Hwei Mian