Mar 27, 2015 02:18 PM EDT
A new effect of global warming according to House Democrat Barbara Lee: women may have to engage in "transactional sex" (read: prostitution) in order to fend for their families as food and water become more scarce.
Lee proposed a resolution on Wednesday that said women will be the worst affected because of global warming. It further said that as the climate changes food and water will become scarce and this will increase "conflict and instability". This will enlarge the strain on women farmers in the developing countries who produce an estimate of 60 to 80%.
As the scarcity of food and water will increase millions of helpless and poverty-stricken women will have to engage in "transactional sex" to provide their families with sufficient food and water.
Lee tried to create a grim scenario that this is a terrible tragedy and must be taken seriously.
Her resolution said "Food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health."
Lee's resolution concluded by requesting the government to accept the "disparate impacts of climate change on women," and ought to persuade the use of "gender-sensitive frameworks in developing policies to address climate change."
The resolution proposed by lee also included some United Nations statistics along with the data showing that "the number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3,000,000,000 by 2050 unless environmental disasters are averted by coordinated global action."
Previously in 2013, Lee proposed a similar resolution urging the policymakers to include more women in discussions and take their opinion in battling global warming.