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IPS & Brookings Institution Blog: How Natural Disasters Undermine Girls’ Education

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While girls’ leadership is needed in the fight against climate change, researchers are recognizing the varied ways that natural disasters threaten gains in girls’ education and wellbeing around the world, write Population Council experts in a Brookings Institution blog, which also appears on Inter Press Service and ReliefWeb

Erica Chuang, Jessie Pinchoff, and Stephanie Psaki provide insights on the links between climate shocks and girls’ education, including Population Council’s research using satellite imagery and remotely sensed data to measure climate shocks and stresses. The Council is linking these data with information about where people live, including those who are most vulnerable, and where education is most likely to be disrupted.

Noting recent research on climate disasters in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, the researchers argue that “policymakers and practitioners must integrate information about climate risks and their potential impacts with efforts to promote girls’ education.”

“While more education for girls may help make them, their families, and their communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters, the reverse is also true: these disasters are threatening gains made in girls’ education.

Climate events disproportionately affect vulnerable students, particularly adolescent girls. This pattern is particularly alarming, as evidence suggests that climate-related shocks (cyclones, flash floods, wildfires) and stresses (drought, for example) are increasing in frequency and intensity.”

 

Read more at the Brookings Institution.