Chapter 3: A feminist critique on gender based violence in a changing climate: Seeing, listening and responding
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The Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recognizes that during and after extreme weather events, women, girls and LGBTQI people are at increased risk of domestic violence, harassment, sexual violence and trafficking. This chapter examines how international human rights, disaster law, and climate law frameworks recognize, or fail to recognize, the relationship between the violence of natural events and increased rates of violence against women following these events. It draws upon the work of leading international law feminist scholars and their feminist tools for examining methods of incorporating gender within international law. This is used to critique the human rights regime, international disaster regime, and international climate regime, taking GBV as an example to reveal their gendered blind spots. Gender largely remains on the periphery of these regimes and international law currently fails to see, listen and respond to GBV occurring during and after extreme weather events.