Today on International Women’s Day (@IWD22) we join the rest of the world in uniting under the theme “Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” and calling for climate action for women, by women!

Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century, according to the United Nations. 

‘Women are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources which climate change threatens the most. At the same time, women and girls are effective and powerful leaders and change-makers for climate adaptation and mitigation. They are involved in sustainability initiatives around the world, and their participation and leadership results in more effective climate action.

‘Continuing to examine the opportunities, as well as the constraints, to empower women and girls to have a voice and be equal players in decision-making related to climate change and sustainability is essential for sustainable development and greater gender equality. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.’

In her statement for International Women’s Day UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous says: “Let us make this International Women’s Day a moment to recall that we have the answers not just for SDG 5 but, through the advancement of gender equality, for all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.” 

Join us in celebrating all the ways women and girls are taking climate action at all levels, and help elevate their voices and support their work.

See how you can support a project for women in Kiribati, South Pacific HERE. 

Watch a recording of an IWD Parliamentary Breakfast Livestream Event.