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Sharm el-Sheikh — Women activists say their voices have been absent or have gone unheard at previous climate summits. So they are taking action and looking to assume the lead on climate action and participation in decision-making processes.

Women are often not part of the solution despite being at the center of climate consequences. “Women have been shown to be more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men due to a variety of social, economic, and cultural factors. Gender norms, cultural barriers, and lack of education leave women behind further than men,” according to the UN. “The climate crisis has exacerbated existing gender inequalities and put women’s lives and livelihoods at risk.” Despite this, they are still excluded from decision-making, directly affecting their livelihoods.