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The effects of climate change are not felt equally by everyone. Women, and particularly women from the Global South, are disproportionately affected by climate change and its effects. 

Women are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change because of their unequal access to resources, education, and decision-making power. Women are more likely to live in poverty and be economically dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods.

Climate change can also have a direct impact on women’s health. Increasing temperatures, air pollution, and water shortages can increase the risk of heatstroke and dehydration, while extreme weather can increase the likelihood of injuries and waterborne illnesses. Additionally, women are more likely to bear the brunt of natural disasters and displacement caused by climate change. The effects of climate change also have a broader impact on gender inequality. In countries that are heavily reliant on agriculture, the increasing unpredictability of the weather can reduce women’s access to education.