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What Do Young Women Want this International Women’s Day? Ask Them.

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee are backing young women this International Women’s Day as leaders in climate crisis planning and mitigation.

In a short documentary set to be released March 8th, we talk to three young women, each living in different parts of our region. The video aims to spark discussions about climate change with the young women in your lives – in your home, workplace and in the community.

As one of the most pressing issues of our time, more and more young women are engaging in the issues that are going to affect them more than any other previous generation, and more than their peers. The youth’s catch cry throughout the video, “Ask Us”, is a plea echoed by many young women in the region who are eager to be heard when it comes to the effects of climate change.

Watch the short film on the Women’s Health Loddon Mallee YouTube Channel
Release date + Time: 10am, Tuesday 8th March

Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Without gender equality today, a sustainable and equal future remains beyond our reach.

Globally, women are increasingly being recognised as more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than men. As food, water, and fuel sources become scarcer, it is more often women and girls that shoulder the burden of obtaining these resources for their families. Also, more likely to take on caring for sick or injured loved ones, women are left with an increase in unpaid work in and around the home.  Additionally, increased gender-based violence in the aftermath of natural disasters has been well documented, here in Australia, and overseas.

The time spent on these activities, and the risks women face through gender-based violence, uniquely affect women’s capacity for economic empowerment, often resulting in less access to education and paid employment.

Call To Action: Ask Us!

Unless action is taken to mitigate the impacts, climate change has the potential to significantly impact upon important local sectors such as primary production, health and human services, transport, water, and the natural environment.

Young people in the Loddon Mallee region face a diverse range of issues, challenges and ideas for engaging other young people in conversations around climate change.

It’s time we asked them how they can be involved in climate crisis planning and mitigation in the home, in the workplace and in our communities and how we can support them in their work.

Ask us about our fears and hopes for the future.

Ask us how you can be a part of the solution.

Ask us how we can be involved in decision-making.

Ask us how to achieve diversity.

Ask us how to make innovation stronger.

Ask us how to stand in solidarity.