The Gendered Impact of Climate Change: Unveiling the Disparities

Climate change stands as a formidable challenge of our era, with extensive repercussions for both the environment and human societies. Its effects are unevenly distributed, intersecting with and exacerbating existing social, economic, and political disparities. A notable aspect of this inequality is the gendered impact of climate change, which disproportionately affects women, girls, and marginalized groups due to prevailing gender inequalities and systemic discrimination. This article delves into the gendered facets of climate change, drawing on anecdotes from the horticulture community in Kotkhai tehsil, Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh, to illuminate how it intensifies gender disparities and presents distinct challenges to different genders. The community’s narratives reveal the varied impacts on women and men, underscoring the need to understand the intricate links between gender, climate, and sustainable development.