Women and indigenous communities often suffer greatly from the consequences of climate change. What can be done to protect them and their ways of life?
Climate change can been seen and felt all over the world, but some countries and communities are hit harder than others. It is often poorer sections of society that suffer most, particularly women, children and indigenous groups who have fewer opportunities to protect themselves. Therefore, it is very important to actively include them in climate protection, through measures such as equal opportunities for women, strengthening of their rights and tackling poverty. Many countries and communities have already acknowledged this and are working towards the eradication of inequality.
Prolonged droughts and crop failures are causing some Indian villages to empty. For the women and elderly left behind, it's a struggle. As temperatures continue to rise, there's little hope their loved ones will return.
In rural Bolivia, making a sustainable living is becoming difficult for smallholders. But the country's women, who are traditionally responsible of farming, are demonstrating resilience to the effects of climate change.