‘Woman more impacted by climate-related disasters’

Women disproportionately affected due to social, economic, and cultural factors, Dr. Ali Mir

Our Correspondent March 09, 2024
Women carrying water in arid area


There is a need for sustainable population growth to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change especially on vulnerable women.

This was the crux of the views expressed by policymakers, government officials, climate change experts, researchers and civil society organisations at a dissemination event of a groundbreaking research study titled “Climate Change and Population Linkage: Analyzing Adaptation and Resilience Strategies in Sindh, Balochistan, and South Punjab.”

The study was conducted by the Population Council with support from UNFPA in three provinces of the country affected by the unprecedented floods of 2022. Focusing on districts Khairpur Mir, Rajanpur, and Pishin which were severely affected during the floods, the study highlights and documents vulnerabilities of women caused and aggravated by climate change-induced disasters.

In his welcome remarks, Dr Ali Mir, Senior Director Programmes at, Population Council said, “The impact of climate change on women’s lives is particularly pronounced, with women disproportionately affected due to social, economic, and cultural factors”. He also mentioned that Pakistan, despite having one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints, remains among the top ten countries most vulnerable to extreme climate events. The recent floods of 2022, one of the most devastating natural catastrophes in recent times, displaced up to 33 million people, resulted in 1700 fatalities, and inflicted colossal damage to infrastructure. “Women are often the most vulnerable to climate change due to social, economic, and cultural factors, such as limited access to resources, information, and decision-making.”, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2024.



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