Impact of Climate Change on Marginalized Women: An Exploratory Study across 6 Districts in Assam
Though there has been a lot of debate regarding climate change and its impacts on several issues such as food security, water shortage etc, attention has not been paid on the impacts of climate change on some very critical issues which includes impacts on marginalized women in the rural areas.
This study shows that impacts of climate change has already started taking place and it is predominately visible at various locations across the state of Assam in North Eastern India, and unknown to many among the policy makers and at the government level, there has been impacts of climate change on the social security, education, health etc of marginalized women in the rural areas in the state.
The study also shows that people are shifting from their traditional livelihood source, which is usually agriculture to other means of livelihood which includes working as a daily wage labour as there has been a decline in the agricultural production and other traditional practices. Besides this, in many households, women who were earlier home makers have now started working to supplement the family’s income as there has been a decline in the income through agriculture. In several households the families have also asked their daughter to quit her studies and spend time at the house for the household chorus.