Gender and Climate Change in the Pacific

Women in Pacific communities are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Women often have unequal access to information and resources, and are under-represented in decision-making which makes them even more vulnerable to natural disasters and extreme weather events. In spite of these inequalities, women in most Pacific Island Nations are largely responsible for climatically sensitive tasks such as securing food, water and energy which ensure the food security and well-being of a household. Women’s knowledge and social practices could be used to build community resilience if women were included in adaptation and mitigation efforts.