The Effects of Climate Change on Women. A Case of Ward 22 Makoni in Manicaland
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The research was carried out in ward 22 Makoni in Manicaland with the aim of documenting local people’s perceptions and experiences on the effects of climate change on women .Qualitative research methodology was employed more frequently than quantitative research method in gathering data and a case study research design was used. The concept of human security was adopted in a bid to have valid information on the impacts of climate change on women since climate change is a threat to human security mostly food security. Data was collected through key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The findings of the research were that climate change is a threat to food security due to low rainfall and high temperatures which does not favour the growth of crops. Women were not passive but were found to practise adaptation methods such as growing drought resistant crops and the use of traditional weather forecasting systems as coping strategies. However women have faced obstacles like gender discrimination and lack of education in a bid to adapt to the effects of climate change which makes them remain victims of the effects of climate change .Climate change is a global crisis which is affecting all nations world wide but the effects are felt by developing countries which does not have resources to cope and woman are affected most because they are the ones who practise agriculture and there is need to place climate change issues at social, political and economic levels.