Trees have an enormous social and environmental impact from providing food security to generating income and empowerment and providing other ecosystems services. There is a strong link between gender, social equity, and climate change, and this is in recognition that without gender equality today, a sustainable future and an equal future, remains a pipe dream.
Women and girls experience the greatest impact of the climate crisis as it amplifies existing gender inequalities and puts women’s lives and livelihoods at risk. Across the world, women depend more on, yet have less access to, natural resources, and often bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing food, water, and fuel.
Though women and girls bear the burden of climate impacts, they are often not leading and driving change in climate adaption, mitigation, and solutions. Without the inclusion of half of the world's population, it is unlikely that solutions for a sustainable planet and a gender-equal world tomorrow will be realized.