Climate change and environmental degradation are today causing growing concerns for
people across the globe. Yet, not everybody is affected in the same way or to the same
extent by the effects of these developments. As explained in this manual, women are
often, due to gendered social, cultural, and economic structures and beliefs,
disproportionately impacted by environmental harms, including those resulting from
changes in climate.
In October 2017, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Raoul Wallenberg
Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) convened a Judicial Dialogue for
Southeast Asian judges to examine links between women’s human rights and the
environment, and the role of the judiciary in protecting women’s human rights to a safe,
clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.