Ensuring women’s leadership to fight climate change highlighted

Global women leaders have adopted a declaration demanding leadership from women and girls in tackling climate change issues, reports BSS.

“We believe that tackling climate change must be closely linked to tackling gender inequality, and agree that securing the leadership of women and girls is essential if global efforts to tackle climate change are to be made. climate change succeed,” they said on Tuesday.

The statement “Glasgow Women’s Leadership on Gender Equality and Climate Change” was adopted during the High Level Panel on Women and Climate Change, held on the sidelines of the COP26 World Leaders Summit at the Scottish Pavilion in Glasgow.

The Scottish Authority and UN Women organized the event to discuss the importance of women’s leadership in tackling climate change and its gendered impacts.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu and Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, among others, were present at the event.

In the statement, the women leaders said: “Climate change is an urgent human rights issue that poses a serious risk to the fundamental rights to life, health, food, water and to sanitation, decent work and an adequate standard of living for individuals and communities through Climate change exacerbates existing inequalities, including gender inequality.

They believe that the fight against climate change must be closely linked to the fight against gender inequality and agree that ensuring the leadership of women and girls is essential for global efforts to fight climate change. succeed, they said.

They found that women and girls are generally disproportionately affected by climate change and face greater risks and burdens due to its impacts, especially in situations of poverty.

“Despite increased vulnerability to climate impacts, we recognize that women and girls have created and led innovative climate solutions at all levels. One of the great injustices of the climate crisis is that the people and countries most affected are those who contributed at least to its causes,” they said.

They continued: “We therefore call on all climate actions to recognize the differentiated impact of climate change based on factors such as age, gender, disability and location, and to ensure the voice and agency of women and girls, as well as their full and effective participation and leadership in policies. and decision-making at community, national and international levels, and increase ambition across all sectors.”

Expressing their gratitude to those who have led efforts to date at the governmental, intergovernmental, private sector and civil society levels to advance the interests of women and girls in climate action, they said: “We recognize especially women leaders, especially young women and girls at all levels who have championed this agenda and are committed to advancing their work, including through increased funding, expanding partnerships and advocacy.

The women leaders welcomed the UNFCCC agenda item dealing with gender and climate change issues and the improved Lima five-year work program on gender and its gender action plan agreed at the COP 25.

They said, “We hope to see strong efforts from all stakeholders to implement the activities included in the GAP.”

They acknowledged parallel efforts to promote gender equality in climate change policies, programs and initiatives, including the UN Secretary-General’s initiative on gender and climate change, launched at the Summit. Global Climate Action 2019, and the action coalition Feminist Action for Climate Justice under the Generation Equality Forum.

“We encourage all countries that have not yet taken action under these important initiatives to do so before the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) in March 2022. During the CSW66, we will work to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs,” they said. added.

Leaders agreed on the importance of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goal 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. “We agree that concrete actions are needed to improve the participation and leadership of women and girls in all climate action,” they said.

Women leaders called on all leaders – women and men – both in government and civil society – to commit to greater and sustained support for women’s and girls’ initiatives on climate change at national and global levels in order to to make lasting progress in addressing the challenges of the climate crisis.

The declaration will remain open for further signatures by women leaders across government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, business and civil society until the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March. 2022.

Mara R. Wilmoth