Climate Change Exacerbates Violence against Women and Girls

Young women standing together holding signs about climate change. The central sign reads "Our Planet Our Future," and only their necks and below are visible. Karolina Grabowska/Pexels

It is estimated that eighty percent of people displaced by climate change are women. Women who are displaced are at greater risk of violence, including sexual violence. This UN article explains the inextricable connection between climate crisis and gender-based violence.

“While they sleep, wash, bathe or dress in emergency shelters, tents or camps, the risk of sexual violence is a tragic reality of their lives as migrants or refugees. Compounding this is the increased danger of human trafficking, and child, early and forced marriage which women and girls on the move endure.”