As women suffer disproportionably from poverty, they are more likely to be affected by natural disasters as well as climate change and its impacts. We should think of women not only as victims but rather as powerful agents of change, who possess specific knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation and to the prevention of and education for natural disasters. It is increasingly acknowledged that the incorporation of knowledge and practices of both women and men is not only relevant but essential for sustainable development. However, they are largely under-represented project design and in decision-making processes at all levels.
UNESCO strives to empower women and respond to their specific needs in the context of the following crosscutting issues: