Women and the Climate

On the occasion of COP 21 in Paris, taking place from 28th November - 11th December, DiscovHER is offering you the opportunity to find out about a series of initiatives that place women at the centre of programmes that focus on adapting to climate change.

Djaheezah Subratty, The United Nations for the Environment Programme

Former Minister of the Environment and the National Development Unit, Mauritius, Djaheezah Subratty now works for the United Nations for the Environment Programme (UNEP). She has, through this programme, facilitated the installation of solar panels in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

Winnie Byanyima for the NGO Oxfam

As Executive Director of the NGO Oxfam, which helps the populations of 94 countries, Winnie Byanyima believes that the COP 21 agreements will not be achieved without sufficient adjustment funds available. These adjustment funds must enable poor countries to protect themselves against the effects of climate change, effects that are felt more by them than anyone else.

UN Women

This entity of the United Nations for gender equality and empowerment of women took Liberian women to India to train them in solar panel installation. This training also allowed them to learn how to install electrical systems that are much less expensive than fossil fuel systems.

An appeal to support women, the first victims of global warming

The Presidents of the High Council of Equality Between Men and Women and the Delegation for Women's Rights of the French Senate and National Assembly, as well as partner institutions and organisations, are launching an appeal to support the first female victims of global warming: 

We, Presidents of the High Council for Gender Equality, of the Delegation for Women’s Rights of the National Assembly and of the Senate of France, as well as partner institutions and associations, wish to share our ambition aiming at obtaining a solid political and financial commitment in support of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the expected Paris Agreement, to be concluded at the COP 21 (21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) taking place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

A report on the necessity of integrating women in discussions on climate change

In a report published in May 2015, Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize winner and Founder of the Green Belt Movement have declared the necessity of integrating women into discussions on climate change.

Climate mitigation and adaptation strategies must be developed with women, not for them, and women must be involved alongside men in every stage of climate and development policymaking.

The Charity World Vision

Faced with Kenya entering the group of 20 of the most vulnerable countries due to climate change, The Vulnerable Twenty (V20), the charity World Vision has chosen to help women farmers in this particularly arid region. The organisation supports women in the region by supplying them with equipment and the necessary training to reduce the impact of droughts.

Grand Sable Women Planters Farmers Entrepreneurs Association

Faced with problems such as erosion, agricultural loss and water accumulation, the inhabitants of Grand-Port took things into their own hands. They founded the Grand Sable Women Planters Farmers Entrepreneurs Association, with the aim of liberating women and the Grand Sable Fishermen Association for the Mangrove Plantation, which plants mangroves to stop erosion. The association used women's knowledge of the climate to provide the whole community with the skills and techniques necessary to adapt to climate change. In 2013, the Grand Sable Women Planters Farmers Entrepreneurs Association received the Island Bright Spot Award, granted by the GLISPA (Global Island Partnership ) and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

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