This year, the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality, is taking place 14 to 25 March 2022. It will focus on the theme, “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 will take place in a hybrid format. All side events and parallel events will be fully virtual.
The Commission on the Status of Women is one of the largest annual gathering of global leaders, non-profit organizations, private sector actors, UN partners and activists from around the world, focusing on the status of rights and empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere.
In the region, women comprise the majority of those who work in agriculture, which makes them particularly exposed to climate change and uneven labour opportunities. Yet their voices are woefully under-represented when it comes to making climate decisions. The average representation of women in national and global climate negotiating bodies across Europe and Central Asia is below 30 per cent.
Gendered drivers and impacts of environmental degradation and climate change amplify existing gender inequalities. In many contexts, women’s dependence on and unequal access to the environment – land, water, and other natural resources – and public services and infrastructure, including energy, transport, water, and sanitation, meaning that they are disproportionately affected by climate change, environmental degradation, and disasters. Further, women’s unpaid care and domestic workloads intensify due to the outmigration of men, or when women and their families are obliged to seek alternative livelihoods or migrate because of devastating environmental and climate impacts or disasters on livelihoods and income security.
Follow the discussions at CSW66, learn more about integrating gender equality into climate action, and what measures can get us there.
Across the region, women and girls are advancing feminist climate justice and leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response. This 8 March, we celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting just some of the women champions driving feminist climate action across Europe and Central Asia in line with the global theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.
Women activists are stepping up to save the planet
International Women’s Day in 2022 celebrates the dedicated women activists who are stepping up to save the planet. UN Women presents their stories of climate courage and environmental action through a collaboration with illustrators across the Europe and Central Asia region. Read and be inspired...