How gender shapes responses to climate change: New tools for measuring rural women’s empowerment

BY SOPHIE THEIS AND ELENA MARTINEZ

This year’s International Day of Rural Women (Oct. 15) focuses on the theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services, and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.” The urgency of these challenges is outlined in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which projects more severe repercussions of climate change—among them droughts, rising sea levels, and more frequent and powerful storms and floods—hitting sooner than anticipated.

Photo credit: Apollo Habtamu/IWMI