Mazie Hirono and Barbara Lee Push Climate Change Legislation for Women and Girls
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) hopes to develop coordinated strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change on women and girls around the world. She teamed up with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) to introduce the Women and Climate Change Act, which would establish a Federal Interagency Working Group on Women and Climate Change within the Department of State. “For far too long, women have been left out of the conversation on how best to confront the challenges of climate change, though across the globe women are disproportionately impacted by its effects,” said Hirono. The working group would include, but not be limited to, designees from State, the Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Climate change is already worsening public health epidemics, forcing migration and refugee crises, and destabilizing communities. Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the world’s poor are women. “As climate change worsens, provoking historic droughts, rising sea levels and violent storms, women and girls will bear the brunt of this global crisis,” Lee said. Women’s unequal participation in decision-making processes and labor markets compound inequalities and often prevent women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making, and implementation. “We need women leaders at the table if we want to effectively alleviate climate change and develop sustainability initiatives,” Lee added. More here.