Posted by: r.m. | March 10, 2009

equality for women – still struggling

the mortality rate for women during climate-related natural disasters is an average of 14 times higher than for men

A 2006 study by the London School of Economics analysing disasters in 141 countries found that gender differences in deaths from natural disasters are directly linked to women’s economic and social rights. When women’s rights are not protected, more women than men will die from natural disasters, while when women’s rights are protected, the same number of women and men die from natural disasters.

Women farmers produce more than half of the food worldwide, maintaining seed caches of innumerable plant species. Many times, in droughts or floods, women are the ones responsible for finding new seeds or rehabilitating old ones to ensure that agriculture can continue, and that medicinal plants are available to their families and their communities. Ecosystem changes impact them directly.

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  1. It’s a shame that so many women die because they can’t swim, are not allowed to travel alone or are simply unaware of the basic survival tricks. At an age when we consider ourselves equal, we apparently have a very long way to go. Also, women are obviously involoved in the process of water management. So, it is crucial to give women both basic and advanced education, if we want to conserve our resources.


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