Climate Change Impacts on Women’s Health in Kenya: Issues and Challenges


There are several serious global factors that seem to be constantly challenging man’s efforts to create a pathway to a Healthier, cleaner and sustainable future. However, most of these factors ironically are a result of man’s activities on the very small planet that has to sustain his existent. These factors may include but not limited to change in climate, high rate of population growth, scarce resources and the ever-growing global inequalities. Over the past few decades, there has been mounting pressure to live sustainably while man’s ability to maintain human health is severely challenged especially that of women, children, the aged, and people with disabilities. Climate change has become one of the greatest global environmental challenges that the world government has ever faced. Its impacts are both locally and globally experienced with the poor countries, small Island States and less developed countries facing the gravest ills and evils of it. However, even though the impacts of climate change are globally experienced, they are also felt unevenly from one region to another and this has led to what can be referred to as climate injustice. For example, climate change impacts are more pronounced in the south than in the north due to various factors that will be discussed later in this paper. In addition, even though men and women are subjected to these impacts, it has been noted by the UNFCCC that women are faced with higher risks and experiences greater burdens than men. This paper seeks to focus on climate change impacts on women's health and issues and challenges attributed to the risks they face especially in developing countries.