Patriarchy and Women Vulnerability to Adverse Climate Change in Nigeria


Onwutuebe, Chidiebere J. 2019. "Patriarchy and Women Vulnerability to Adverse Climate Change in Nigeria." SAGE Open. doi:10.1177/2158244019825914.

Author: Chidiebere J. Onwutuebe


The article explored the linkages between patriarchy and the high rate of women’s vulnerability to climate change. It examined how traditional beliefs, which underpin cultural division of roles between men and women, also increase the vulnerability of women to the adverse impacts of climate change. The article argued that the centralization of activities of women to occupations such as small-scale and rain-fed agriculture makes them more vulnerable to climate-related problems than the men. The article relied on desk review of secondary data. Data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Using Nigeria as a case study, the article showed how patriarchy paves way for high rate of exposure of women to adverse impacts of climate change. Patriarchy equips men with stronger adaptive capability, especially in the area of vocational flexibility and mobility. The study concludes that efforts made to avert undue exposure of women to climate change disasters must seek to address patriarchy and the structural issues arising from the confinement of women to livelihoods, which are vulnerable to climate change disasters.

Keywords: climate change, patriarchy, rain-fed agriculture, women vulnerability and Nigeria

Topics: Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Patriarchy, Livelihoods Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Nigeria

Year: 2019

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