Rural women and climate change: A gender-inclusive perspective

Heather Boetto, Jennifer McKinnon

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Abstract

This paper reports on a small-scale research study that explores the impact of climate change on rural women. Qualitative data were collected through interviews with 7 women, who came from a regional centre and were either employed by women's services or who had activist roles within the community pertaining to women's services. Outcomes of the study identified a range of areas of impact, including increased hardship for rural women, implications of household roles, and subsequent organisational responsibilities. A high level of concern, particularly for the vulnerability of women in crisis, was identified among participants. We contend that the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly relevant to the social work profession and that specific groups such as women are at risk of further disadvantage unless collective action is taken to circumvent the impact of climate change. Strategies for social work practice and policy initiatives are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-247
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Social Work
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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