Gender-based violence and environment linkages: the violence of inequality

This study shows that competition over increasingly scarce and degraded resources can exacerbate gender-based violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, and forced prostitution. The impacts of climate change and weather-related disasters can indirectly exacerbate different types of gender-based violence, including violence associated with the stresses of resource scarcity and climate-driven migration. Given the complexity and pervasiveness of GBV and the multiple casualties surrounding it, the research presented in this study suggests that to meet global development goals and effectively tackle environmental concerns, gender-responsive action that addresses GBV in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience building strategies will be necessary.