Bolivia: Extractivism, geographical location, and lack of access to land mean climate change affects women more, says analyst

Author: Leny Olivera, E-International Relations, Published on: 24 November 2015

“The Importance of Land for Women Confronting Patriarchy and Climate Change”

Landscape Altiplano Bolivia

…For many people who live in the global North and have never experienced having access to running water for only one hour a week, it is difficult to imagine how climate change impacts on places like these – whose reality is akin to that of many communities living in the Bolivian altiplano (the high, arid plains of the Andean region), and indeed that of many precarious land-based communities across the global South. Such communities are not only more exposed to the impacts of climate change because of their geographical location but also they often bear the burdens of the impacts of extractivism, a fact of life that characterizes many areas across the Latin American continent. This brings other socio-environmental factors which affect the lives of people living there. Water scarcity is a crucial such factor – water is diminishing not only as a result of climate change but also due to mining use and contamination…Another factor besides those already mentioned which exacerbates the impacts of climate change on women in particular is that of access to land…The impacts of climate change affect women more. 

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