Centering Women’s Leadership at the Intersection of Climate Health Solutions

Friday, June 21, 2024


Invitation Only

The climate crisis is not “gender neutral.” Women and girls experience the greatest impacts of climate change, which amplify existing gender inequalities and pose unique threats to their livelihoods, health, and safety.

Across the world, women depend more on – yet have less access to – natural resources. By 2050, climate change will push at least 158 million additional women and girls into poverty and lead to 236 million more women into hunger. The climate crisis fuels escalating conflict and forced migration, in a context of exclusionary, anti-rights political rhetoric targeting women, refugees, and other marginalized groups. 

In many regions, women bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing food, water, and fuel. Agriculture is the most important employment sector for women in low- and lower-middle income countries. During periods of drought and erratic rainfall, women work harder to secure income and resources for their families as the agricultural workers and primary procurers. This puts added pressure on girls, who often have to leave school to help their mothers manage the increased burden. 

Climate change is a “threat multiplier,” meaning it escalates social, political, and economic tensions in fragile and conflict-affected settings. With this increasing conflict across the world, women and girls face heightened vulnerabilities from human trafficking to all forms of gender-based violence.

Join us for a reception with leaders from the Aspen Global Innovators Group in partnership with the WHO Foundation and Alight. Together we will celebrate the leadership and pathways women and girls have created to respond to the climate crisis and make commitments to action.

Featured Speakers:

  • Anil Soni, CEO, WHO Foundation 
  • Lola Adedokun, Executive Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group at Aspen Institute and Co-Chair, Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls. 
  • Jocelyn Wyatt, CEO, Alight 

Expert Speakers:

  • Yasmin Madan, Director and US Lead for Philanthropic Collaboration and Gender Fund, Co-Impact 
  • Aria Mia Loberti, American actress, writer, human rights advocate, and Fulbright Scholar.
  • Blair Palmer, Innovation Hub Coordinator at the UNICEF Office of Innovation. 
  • Moderator: Vin Gupta, Medical Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC