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In December 2004 when the devastating tsunami hit Southeast Asia, 75% of the people who died were women.
In developing countries women farmers account for 45-80% of all food production. When changes in climate occur- such as water scarcity and droughts - it is the livelihood and incomes of women that are affected the most.
In rural areas, it is women who are tasked with collecting water and resources for heating their homes and cooking for their families and communities. As climate change increases resource scarcity in these rural areas, it is women who are forced to spend more energy collecting, and less time attending school or earning an income.
From disease to natural disaster, women and girls are disproportionally vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. As extreme weather patterns continue to increase and climate change shifts our ecosystems, it is women who will bear most of the brunt. It is women who are further prevented from achieving their full potential.
But if women are bearing most of the brunt, then why aren’t more women involved in finding solutions? Traditional gender roles, legal inequalities, financial barriers and discrimination throughout the world limit women rights. From lack of land access, credit services, technical support, education, and family-planning services, women are faced with unique risks as climate change intensifies natural disasters and increases the cost of resources.
Prints With a Purpose
Our new MUJER print is inspired by the book, Project Drawdown; The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken.
Project Drawdown ranks empowering women and girls in developing countries second among 76 solutions for curbing global warming by 2 degrees Celsius. Investing more resources in girls’ education and family planning alone would reduce carbon by 85 gigatons by 2050.
Three solutions to reverse global warming focusing on women empowerment:
Despite being responsible for 45-80% of food crops in poorer parts of the world, women smallholders face multiple constraints beyond those of their male counterpart. Undermined from the beginning, women farmers are not identified as such. Instead, they are commonly recognized as farm helpers and tend to be invisible to policy makers. Women are often expected to provide unpaid farm labor while being deprived of access to markets, key assets and inputs, and are excluded from various types of decision-making.
As the world’s population increases, agriculture production is demanded to rise. Given the present-day restraints on arable land, combined with the need to preserve forests, humanity is now required to produce more food on the same amount of land – something that cannot be done without focusing on agricultural smallholders, the majority of whom are women.
Research implies that should women farmers gain equal access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their land by 20-30 percent, lifting 100-150 million people out of hunger and making women smallholders the quiet drivers towards more sustainable production systems.
Seen as somewhat of a controversial topic, it is important not to confuse family-planning with population control. For women to plan their family size and have children by choice rather than by chance is a matter of autonomy and empowerment. The ripple effect that family planning has on drawing down greenhouse gas emissions is an added benefit.
Two hundred and twenty-five million women in lower-income countries say they want the ability to choose whether and when to become pregnant but lack the necessary access to contraception. The result? Seventy-four million unintended pregnancies each year. It’s also important to note that these numbers do not exclude high-income countries such as the United States, where 45 percent of pregnancies each year are unintended. The world currently faces a multibillion-dollar funding shortage to provide the access to reproductive health-care that women say they want to have.
Research not only points towards population growth as an important factor in greenhouse gas concentrations, but growing evidence also suggests that family planning has the additional benefits of building resilience among communities and countries in coping with and preparing for the unavoidable changes brought on by global warming.
As well as being one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth, education (an intrinsic right) lays the foundation for vibrant lives for women and girls, their families, and the communities in which they support. Not only do educated women have fewer and healthier children, they also report lower incidences of HIV/AIDS and malaria, sustain more productive agricultural plots, and are better equipped to face the impacts of climate change. By fusing inherited traditional knowledge with new information accessed through the written word, educated women and girls become more effective stewards of food, soil, trees and water - even as climate change intensifies natural disasters.
Cultural, economic, and safety-related barriers deny 62 million girls around the world from realizing their right to education. In sub-Sahara Africa, fewer than one in three girls attends secondary school and only eight percent of those enrolled complete their secondary education.
Climate change is not gender neutral and a large percentage of humanity is disproportionally affected by it. Increasing access and rights to education for girls opens doors to science and government institutions that desperately need all of humanity to help solve the climate crisis.
How You Can Help
The limited-edition MUJER print will be donating 5% from every sale to a nonprofit working to bridge gender gaps throughout the world.
To help us choose which nonprofit, fill out the form below and tell us about a women empowernment organization that you'd like to support through your purchases.