Advancing gender equality in environmental migration and disaster displacement in the Caribbean

Amelia Bleeker, Pablo Escribano, Candice Gonzales, Cristina Liberati, Briana Mawby
International Organization for Migration (IOM), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
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Disaster displacement and environmental migration are among the most serious humanitarian challenges facing the Caribbean. As a subregion of small island developing States (SIDS) which are vulnerable and prone to extreme weather events and the impacts of climate change, the Caribbean is constantly faced with population displacement resulting from these events. Individuals experience these migration processes uniquely on account of their gender specific inequalities, vulnerabilities, and access to resources and opportunities. It is critical to understand how the consequences of environmental migration and disaster displacement are gendered in order to address and prevent harm and to protect the rights of women and girls and people of all genders who experience intersecting forms of discrimination.