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Climate change impacts women more than men: UN

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Health Desk: 13 March 2018: Women are more likely than men to be affected by climate change, UN figures revealed.

The figures indicated that 80 percent of people displaced by climate change are women, reports the BBC.

Roles as primary caregivers and providers of food and fuel make them more vulnerable when flooding and drought occur.

The 2015 Paris Agreement has made specific provision for the empowerment of women, recognizing that they are disproportionately impacted.

In the immediate aftermath of extreme events, emergency shelters can be inadequately equipped to support women, the UN revealed.

The UN has highlighted the need for gender-sensitive responses to the impacts of climate change, yet the average representation of women in national and global climate negotiating bodies is below 30 percent.

Another study spanning 20 years noted that catastrophic events lowered women's life expectancy more than men; more women were being killed, or they were being killed younger. In countries where women had greater socioeconomic power, the difference reduced.