Helen Pankhurst stands in front of the Millicent Fawcett statue in London.

On 22nd September, #Wednesday4Women will bring together organisations, activists, allies and leaders across the women and girls sector in the UK and globally as part of The Great Big Green Week – the biggest week of action on climate change ever in the UK.

We are calling for public and parliamentary support for strong UK Government action on gender justice and climate change.

Why does climate justice = gender justice?

Women and girls are bearing the burden of the climate crisis, they are more likely to suffer displacement as a result of worsening droughts, floods, fires, and storms. According to the UN, about 80% of people displaced by climate change are women. The impacts of climate change are also increasing violence against women and girls including domestic abuse, child marriage and sexual assault.

Women’s and girl’s participation and empowerment must be a central part of the response to the climate crisis. Currently they are under-represented at every level when it comes to climate change response and women’s organisations receive a tiny share of climate finance. 

Governments need to take urgent action to support women and girls as leaders and frontline responders. As President of the COP26 UN climate talks, The UK Government has an influential and critical role to play in accelerating global ambition to stop the climate crisis, and securing commitments that put women first. 

What are we calling for from the UK Government? 

Climate change is the fight that unites us all. That’s why as supporters of gender justice and women’s rights we are calling on the UK Government to make sure they deliver: 

  • The unprecedented ambition needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees - As the world’s scientists have pointed out, every fraction of a degree counts as the world’s most marginalised women and girls feel the impacts first and hardest 
  • Increased international financial support to communities - including women’s rights organisations - on the frontline of the climate crisis to adapt to climate change and address loss and damage
  • Specific targets of how the UK’s climate finance will deliver on gender equality and reach women’s organisations
  • Investment for a fossil fuel free future that creates green jobs, and prioritises a feminist and women’s rights perspective
  • Climate decision making which is transparent, inclusive and equitable and ensures diverse women’s voices and participation, including in the UK’s COP26 team 

Read and share our open letter to COP26 President Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP to demand gender-just climate justice.

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