Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center

Zonta International is a global organization of individuals dedicated to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center is a tool for our members in the United States and other individuals who share our commitment to gender equality to take action to improve the lives of women and girls. With your help, we can make a difference. In addition to the actions below, click here to support our joint efforts with UNICEF USA to end child marriage in the United States.

Address climate change and its effect on women and girls
Climate change is a major global crisis. As Zonta International says in its recent statement, climate change affects men and women differently. Women and girls often face disproportionately high health risks from the impacts of climate change when compared to men and boys, an analysis of 130 peer-reviewed studies shows.

The analysis shows that 68% of studies found that women were more affected by health impacts associated with climate change than men. Women were more likely to die in heatwaves and tropical cyclones, suffer from respiratory illness after wildfires and face food insecurity after droughts and floods; they also experienced elevated levels of post-traumatic stress disorders and an increase in violence following Hurricane Katrina.

The Women and Climate Change Act of 2021 (H.R. 260) aims to diminish the impact of climate change on women and girls around the world. 

Specifically, the bill establishes the Federal Interagency Working Group on Women and Climate Change within the Department of State. The bill outlines the functions of the working group, including the coordination of agencies' policies and activities relating to combating the effects of climate change on women and improving the government's response to and strategy for addressing climate change. In addition, the Office of Global Women's Issues of the State Department must submit a strategy to prevent and respond to the effects of climate change on women.

“As we face a global pandemic and economic crisis, it is more important than ever that Congress renews its commitment to fighting climate change and ensuring the economic security and health of vulnerable communities around the world,” said the bill’s sponsor, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA).

Rep. Lee reintroduced H.R. 260 in the House of Representatives in February. The Zonta USA Caucus is committed to building bipartisan support for the bill. Please help us by using our pre-drafted letter to urge your representative to co-sponsor and support the Women and Climate Change Act of 2021. If they have already sponsored or co-sponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks.

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