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Climate role is urged for women

Efforts to tackle climate change must take into account the needs of women, who will be among the hardest hit by warming temperatures across the world, the Women’s Institute urged today.

Women also have a unique role to play in addressing the problem, in their position in charge of households, and as consumers and guardians of natural resources, the WI said.

WI leaders have called on the Government to give women a greater role in efforts to tackle climate change.

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) is launching a postcard campaign today urging ministers to take account of the needs of women in climate change policies and recognise the threats they face in the developing world.

The campaign calls for better representation of women in decision-making on climate change, including a representative from the WI in the UK delegation to the UN talks in Copenhagen in December which aim to agree a new global deal on cutting emissions.

The postcards urging the Government to put women’s needs at the heart of the UK’s strategy for the talks will be sent to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband.

Fay Mansell, chairwoman of the NFWI, the country’s largest voluntary women’s organisation, said: “Women around the world have an important part to play in tackling climate change. In Britain, simple decisions such as choosing the greenest energy supplier or making the effort to recycle can make a real difference.”

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