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September Free Report [ Effect of Climate Change on Ghanaian Woman]

by Godfred Owusu | 03-09-2023 08:26 recommendations 1

Climate Change refers to long term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. Such shifts can be natural, due to the change in the sun's activity or large volcanic eruption. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels like cool, oil and gas.

It is widely recognized that women are disproportionately affected by climate change globally, including in Ghana. Below are some of the effects of climate change on Ghanaian women: 

Climate change has significant effects on Ghanaian women, impacting their livelihoods, health, and overall well-being. The changing climate patterns in Ghana have resulted in increased temperatures, erratic rainfall, prolonged droughts, and more frequent extreme weather events such as floods and storms. These changes have profound implications for women, who are often the primary caregivers and providers of their families. 


One of the key impacts of climate change on Ghanaian women is the disruption of agricultural activities. Agriculture is a major source of income for many rural women in Ghana, who rely on small-scale farming for their livelihoods. However, changes in rainfall patterns and prolonged droughts have led to reduced crop yields and increased food insecurity. Women are often responsible for food production and processing, and they bear the brunt of these challenges, facing increased workloads and decreased income. https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=18AH3jvj&id=A1BD43AE80EF46F528742375CCF3B98CF27A14F5&thid=OIP.18AH3jvjAy8zEbaPV2gvCQHaD3&mediaurl=https%3a%2f%2fpsmag.com%2f.image%2ft_share%2fMTMzMzgxMzAwODM1ODU0OTc5%2fghana_cowpeas_farmersjpg.jpg&cdnurl=https%3a%2f%2fth.bing.com%2fth%2fid%2fR.d7c007de3be3032f3311b68f57682f09%3frik%3d9RR68oy588x1Iw%26pid%3dImgRaw%26r%3d0&exph=627&expw=1200&q=Effect+of+climate+chane+on+Ghanaian+woman&simid=608030489084768942&FORM=IRPRST&ck=24882218D88C66B26EFB975DF4A511EE&selectedIndex=1&ajaxhist=0&ajaxserp=0

Source: Effect of climate change on Ghanaian woman - Bing images

Furthermore, the loss of biodiversity and degradation of natural resources due to climate change further exacerbate the challenges faced by women. Women in rural areas heavily depend on natural resources for their daily needs, including fuelwood for cooking and water for domestic use. However, deforestation and water scarcity make it increasingly difficult for women to access these resources, forcing them to travel longer distances and spend more time collecting them. 


The impacts of climate change also extend to women's health. Extreme weather events such as floods and storms can lead to the spread of waterborne diseases and increase the risk of malnutrition. Women, especially pregnant women and those with young children, are particularly vulnerable to these health risks. Additionally, the increased heatwaves associated with climate change can lead to heat-related illnesses and exacerbate existing health conditions.


Source: Pregnant woman in flood in Ghana - Bing images

The migration and dislocation that frequently follow environmental deterioration have a substantial impact on Ghanaian women as well. Communities may be compelled to migrate because of flooding, droughts, or decreased agricultural output when the effects of climate change deepen. The effects of displacement are disproportionately felt by women because they are more likely to experience assault, exploitation, and loss of social networks. In their new communities, they frequently do not have access to resources or decision-making procedures. 


In addressing the impacts of climate change on Ghanaian women, it is crucial to adopt gender-responsive and inclusive approaches. This includes ensuring women's participation and representation in decision-making processes related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Women's knowledge and experiences should be recognized and integrated into policies and programs. 


Furthermore, efforts should be made to enhance women's resilience and adaptive capacity. This can be achieved through providing training and resources for alternative income-generating activities, promoting sustainable agricultural practices, and improving access to clean energy and water sources. Investing in women's education and skills development can also empower them to cope with the challenges posed by climate change. 


In conclusion, climate change has far-reaching effects on Ghanaian women, impacting their livelihoods, health, and overall well-being. It is essential to recognize the unique vulnerabilities and contributions of women in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. By adopting gender-responsive approaches and empowering women, Ghana can build a more resilient and sustainable future for all its citizens. 

Sources and References: What Is Climate Change? | United Nation

Abena Awuku Larbi: The climate Crisis: How Ghanaian Women are Influencing Change. (January 27, 2021) =THE CLIMATE CRISIS: HOW GHANAIAN WOMEN ARE INFLUENCING CHANGE | ActionAid Ghana

Ghana Gender Analysis and Climate Change: Research and Report (September 28, 2019) = Ghana Gender Analysis and Climate Change | Climate Promise (undp.org)



  • Ghana Former E-gen Ambassador Godfred Owusu
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SangHyeon Park

  • SangHyeon Park says :
    Hello, I'm mentor SangHyeon
    I first learned about the effects of climate change on women in Ghana. I realized again that climate change is directly related to human life as well as the environment.
    Thank you for the good article.
    Posted 28-09-2023 16:23

Emmanuel  Dassah

Seeun Mentor

  • Seeun Mentor says :
    Hi, this is mentor Seeun.
    We all know that climate change affects the Earth, and it especiallhy makes life hard for people who depend on natural resources. However, I did not know that women usually take care of food production in Ghana, so this article is very interesting to me.
    I agree with your idea of integrating more women into the decision making process concerning climate change. The people who take the brunt of difficult changes should always be included more - not just in Ghana, but everywhere.
    Thank you for the informative article, and keep up the good work!
    Posted 06-09-2023 23:24

Godfred Owusu

  • Godfred Owusu says :
    Thank you! Bimochan Pathak
    Posted 04-09-2023 07:03

Bimochan Pathak

Godfred Owusu

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