Climate Change Women

The poorest 1 billion people⁠—the majority of which are women and girls⁠—are responsible for just 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. And yet, when conflict or disaster strikes, women and girls disproportionately face displacement, family separation, and the continual risk of violence.

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Mantapala Refugee Camp is located in the Luapula Province of Zambia, on the border with neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The camp covers almost 50 square kilometers divided into blocks, each of which houses approximately 200 households. More refugees arrive every day.

The first-ever Global Refugee Forum provides an opportunity for countries like Canada and Zambia to share their collective success. CARE’s Jessie Thomson, having spent her career working with refugees and host communities, shares her insights.

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While we know that health care providers in rural and remote settings face many challenges, the way they engage with women, especially in pregnancy and delivery, can set the stage for whether she seeks life-saving care for herself and her child in the future.

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