Climate Change & the Gender Gap
March 31, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm

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A Staying Connected Series teleconference on how climate change disproportionately affects women.

According to the UN, about 80 percent of people displaced by climate change are women. This level of disruption has consequences for global markets, political systems, and migration patterns. Gender equality is one of the UN's top 5 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but how does inequality impact environmental sustainability? How is a company or country's ability to respond to climate change impacted by gender issues? How can California stay at the forefront of these gender and climate change issues at an economic and governmental level?

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Samantha Harris, Global Lead, Climate and People, BSR

Samantha Harris drives the climate resilience pillar of BSR’s climate change practice, which includes how businesses can act at the intersection of people and climate change. She leads BSR’s foundational research and strategy on the intersection of climate and women’s empowerment. Read more.

Emilia Reyes, Program Director, Public Policy and Budget for Equality and Sustainable Development, Equidad de Género

Emilia Reyes was one of the gender negotiators from the Mexican delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Her role at Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia (Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work and Family) includes advocacy work in partner with the Mexican Climate Finance Group. Read more.


Jesse Medlong, Sustainability Lawyer and Climate Diplomat, DLA Piper

Jesse Medlong is a Pacific Council member and a sustainability lawyer and climate diplomat at the San Francisco office of the global law firm DLA Piper. Read more.


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