Reading: Waste, Gender and Climate Change

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A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes waste management, gender and climate change. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses gender inequalities, labour, and consumption in the formal and informal waste management sectors of high-income, middle-income and low-income countries. 

Students will learn about waste management and climate change and gender inequalities in the sector. They will also learn about marginalization of women in the formal and informal waste industry.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of the waste management sector and climate change.
  2. Why is it necessary to consider women’s needs in effective waste management systems?

About the tool 

Tool NameWaste, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Waste Management
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Computer SkillsBasic