“Climate Justice Briefs: Women’s Adaptation Strategies” documents the issues of climate change on women in Asia Pacific, with rural and indigenous women directly part of the research, participating in the collection and documentation of the effects of climate change on their villages and districts. These five reports culminated from 2011 participatory action research with local partners, conducted “to document the impact of climate change in our communities, discuss how climate change exacerbates gender inequalities, and present our policy demands to promote meaningful change for women in our community.”

Research teams from four countries participated: Tamil Nadu, India; North Jakarta Indonesia; Abra province, Philippines; Rizal province, Philippines; and Puttalam and Kalmunai districts, Sri Lanka.

The briefs document the specific and devastating impact recent changes in climate have had on women in these areas. Agricultural failure, degradation of traditional sources of income, drought and flooding are just some examples. As a result, malnutrition, unsanitary conditions, land tenure security and increased domestic violence have increased, while access to health care, literacy rates and educational opportunities have decreased, due to less income and more women and girls further burdened with economic survival of their families.

The research teams provide important policy recommendations and mitigation strategies for lawmakers, and government and community actors to make gender-specific systemic changes to directly address the impact on women and ensure their participation in the process.

Full briefs here:

-Society for Rural Education and Development (SRED)
Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center (CWEARC); and Innabuyog