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Uniting Against Climate-Induced Natural Disasters, Such as Displacement, Reproductive Health Challenges, and Violence, on Marginalized Women Through Women’s Empowerment, Education, and Leadership

Project by Polygence alum Sanya

Uniting Against Climate-Induced Natural Disasters, Such as Displacement, Reproductive Health Challenges, and Violence, on Marginalized Women Through Women’s Empowerment, Education, and Leadership

Project's result

I have educated my community regarding the intersection between climate change and social justice, highlighting the profound impact on marginalized women. I have organized various events, such as charity booths, bake sells, and walks, to raise money for women experiencing environmental justice. I continue to be an avid advocate for the importance of sustainability and social change.

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Summary

This article reviews the impacts of climate change on BIPOC women globally through the lenses of displacement, reproductive health issues, and mental and physical violence. Opportunities to navigate climate change impacts are presented through education, leadership, and empowerment while providing real-life examples of women showing hope and resilience in the face of hurricanes, wildfires, and floods. Given that women of color (BIPOC) already confront numerous obstacles, climate change exacerbates these challenges, making it increasingly difficult for them to inhabit safe, comfortable environments. They face heightened risks, including the constant threat of catastrophic events, adverse health impacts, the need to evacuate their homes, and a higher likelihood of encountering severe violence. As evident from both social and historical evidence, this specific population of marginalized women faces challenges in preparing for and recovering from natural disasters. Recognizing the complexity of the problem, it is clear that women themselves must be integral in driving change, with various approaches available to tackle this pressing concern.

Emily

Emily

Polygence mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Subjects

Biology, History, Social Science

Expertise

Environmental science and sustainability, management, governance, and policy. Conservation, social science, writing. Decision-making, project management, strategic planning, and evaluation. Science communication, data management, NGOs/ nonprofits, philosophy of science, research process and methods.

Sanya

Sanya

Student

Graduation Year

2025