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Climate disasters will hit women hardest, says ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ author

Climate disaster looms for SE Asia

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International experts have urged governments in Southeast Asia to prioritise creating climate change resilience for their citizens

International experts have urged governments in Southeast Asia to prioritise creating climate change resilience for their citizens, as the region faces more destructive natural disasters due to global warming.

The disaster has displaced millions of people from their homes and left them in poverty and insecurity.

They said “climate refugee” was an emerging, serious crisis confronting humanity in the 21st century because the worsening climate change scenario would intensify natural disasters around the world, not only displacing people from their habitats but also devastating important agricultural areas and harming food security.

A researcher on climate change from Stockholm Environment Institute, Andrea R Torre, said last year’s figures on migration and climate change in Southeast Asia showed the region had suffered the most from natural disasters. About 8.6 million people forced to migrate due to weather hazards in 2017 were from Southeast Asia, about 46 per cent of the total number displaced…

 

Climate disasters will hit women hardest, says ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ author

LONDON, June 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women will suffer most from the devastation of climate change, as lawlessness triggered by disasters and food shortages make them vulnerable to rape and other violence, acclaimed dystopian novelist Margaret Atwood said on Friday.

Some women and girls are forced to sell sex to survive, and others are raped in times of conflict and catastrophe growing more frequent due to climate change, the 78-year old Canadian author said at a London conference.

“Of course, those kind of events give rise to civil unrest, wars, resource wars, battles for water,” said the author of the 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“Women under those situations will suffer disproportionately, and their children,” she said.

Atwood’s popular novel imagines a totalitarian future when fertile women are forced into sexual servitude to repopulate a world facing environmental disaster…

 

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