Climate Change and Human Rights #Youth Perspective
Climate Change and human rights

To achieve climate justice, human rights or human rights approach has to be at the top of the discourse. Human rights-based approaches address adverse impacts of climate change that threaten the human rights of climate vulnerable people. They call on duty bearers such as  the government and private sectors to ensure the fulfillment of their obligations with regards to the respect for and protection of human rights standards and human rights principles. The South African Youth Centre for Climate Change recognizes that women are disproportionately affected by long-term climate change, particularly in contexts where gender inequality is more pronounced. The specific competences and vulnerable conditions of women are often overlooked and women still have much less economic and political power. In the context where traditional cultures are still practiced, women have a bigger burden for their families and at large in their communities. Gender justice in the context of climate change is an approach to address and close these gaps by ensuring that gender equality and the full, equal and meaningful participation of women is at the heart of all climate discussions and actions, at all levels of decision making.

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