The Human Rights of Rural Women and Climate Change in Ethiopia: An Introduction to Legal Issues

Posted: 29 Aug 2012

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Medhanit Adamu

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Date Written: August 27, 2012


Climate change and human rights have been addressed in various times and in various ways. The impacts and consequences of climate change have been proved to affect the poor and the marginalized segment of a society, reinforcing existing susceptibilities and expanding inequalities. Climate change is an issue about environment, complex discriminations, inequalities and poverty which varies from place to place depending on varying economic, social, cultural and political factors and contexts. Thus, various studies have proved that individuals or groups of individuals whose rights’ protections are already precarious feel the impact of climate change than anyone. As a result of this, the concept of equity will fall under a big question where the already vulnerable people are the ones who are disproportionately affected by climate change and are the ones who least contributes to the changes. In this regard, it should be noted that climate change is already affecting the safety and security of human beings and the effective enjoyment of human rights. So, if we take a look at climate change and its vast impacts on the poor, human rights and the topic of equity instructed there needs an answer from an international human rights regime. Hence, this short paper tries to address the human rights dimension of climate change from the point of view of rural women in Ethiopia. Within this scope, the Paper attempts to lay out some of the legal and policy issues that are associated with the evolving discussions on human rights and climate change. It will also try to recommend possible mechanisms in which international human rights law can intervene and help to elucidate the doubt that has persisted in numerous dialogues made concerning the nexus between human rights and climate change. As such, confirming the existence of a nexus between the two, the Paper also tries to sort out the intersections of both. In doing so, the paper will also attempt to pinpoint some of the plausible conceptualizations concerning the connection between human rights and climate change.

Keywords: Climate change, rural women, human rights

Suggested Citation

Abebe, Medhanit Adamu, The Human Rights of Rural Women and Climate Change in Ethiopia: An Introduction to Legal Issues (August 27, 2012). Available at SSRN:

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