CARE, with anti-poverty programs in 65 countries worldwide, has negotiators in Copenhagen, pushing to give women equality in all levels of policy-making leading to a final climate treaty.
The organization pushes a new topic into the Copenhagen talks, gender balance and a ‘demand’ for firm language about women’s role in determining how funds are spent, especially in developing countries. (With women representing only 16% of Congress, I’m wondering if the language might present challenges in our own instutitions.)
Christina Chan, a CARE senior policy analyst cites a recent United Nations Population Fund report that shows women in poor, less developed countries are bearing the brunt of climate change. The report says women are the most at risk because of traditional roles of tending to the family, cooking, collecting water and farming.