Jakarta (ANTARA) - Women in Indonesia are facing relatively significant impacts of climate change, according to Deputy for Gender Equality at the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Lenny N. Rosalin.

"Climate change has extraordinary impacts on Indonesian women, among others, insecurity in food, health and sanitation, access to clean water, migration and conflict, social and economic roles, and vulnerability against gender-based violence," she stated when confirmed here on Tuesday.

Rosalin noted that those various impacts affect the lives of women, especially violence survivors, women acting as head of the family, and pre-prosperous women whose conditions can be worsened by climate change challenges.

In response to the complex challenges of climate change, she emphasized the importance of women's key role in mitigating and adapting to climate change, including integrating and determining the role of women and other vulnerable groups in national and regional policies and programs.

Things that are deemed necessary to be considered include the role of women as the managers of natural resources and women's access to education, health, and training.

Furthermore, the promotion of gender equality in decision-making at the community, regional, national, and even international levels should also be considered.

To support women's role in preserving the environment and handling the impact of climate change, the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection is implementing a human development program that targets women by strengthening the grassroots community through the Srikandi Sungai Indonesia community.

Moreover, the ministry is developing Women-friendly and Child-caring Villages (DRPPA), in which eight of the 10 indicators contribute to efforts to preserve nature and handle the impact of climate change.

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