Women's role in adapting to climate change and variability
- 1School of Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering, EIDENAR, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
- 2Institute of Research and Development in Water Supply, Environmental Health and Conservation of Water Resources, CINARA, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
Abstract. Given that women are engaged in more climate-related change activities than what is recognized and valued in the community, this article highlights their important role in the adaptation and search for safer communities, which leads them to understand better the causes and consequences of changes in climatic conditions. It is concluded that women have important knowledge and skills for orienting the adaptation processes, a product of their roles in society (productive, reproductive and community); and the importance of gender equity in these processes is recognized. The relationship among climate change, climate variability and the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals is considered.