The Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) has sought the support of relevant stakeholders to break the bias through the domestication of legal frameworks, strategies and provisions aimed at mainstreaming gender concerns and the rights of people. women. HELEN OJI Reports.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future”, highlights the contribution of women and girls as they lead the charge of adaptation, climate change mitigation and response to build a sustainable future for all.
The theme also aligns with the priority theme of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66): “Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls in policies and programs on climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction”.
According to the Gender Theme Group, Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet), Dr. Elizabeth Jeiyol, advancing gender equality in the context of climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is the one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.
She said it should be noted that this year’s theme for International Women’s Day explores and incorporates how women and girls should lead the charge on adaptation, mitigation and response to change. around the world, contributing as powerful leaders and agents of change to a more sustainable future for all.
Additionally, women and girls are taking climate and environmental action at all levels, yet their voice, agency and participation are undersupported, underfunded, undervalued and underrecognized.
“And that is why CSDevNet recognizes and raises our voice to all relevant stakeholders to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities to mainstream and achieve gender equality, the inclusion of women in decision-making processes decision-making and empowerment of rural women and girls in actions against climate change.
“As we continue to look at opportunities and challenges, we call on everyone to come together to transform and empower women and girls to have a voice and be equal actors in decision-making related to change. climate change and sustainability to achieve sustainable development and greater gender equality,” she stressed.
Specifically, in pursuit of mainstreaming gender equality today for a sustainable future, we must ensure solutions that integrate a gender perspective into climate, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs. ; promote and protect women’s environmental human rights defenders; strengthen the resilience of women and girls and their organizations; strengthen prevention, response to disaster risk reduction mechanism; improve and invest in gender statistics and data to amplify the relationship between gender and climate.
Integrate gender perspectives
UN Secretary-General António Guterres during his speech for IWD 2022 highlighted the crucial role of women and girls in the fight against climate change. “Today we have the opportunity to call to action all stakeholders to put women and girls at the center of planning and action to integrate gender perspectives that will shape laws and national policies.
“We now have the opportunity to rethink, reframe and reallocate resources. We have the opportunity to benefit from the leadership of women and girls as conservationists and climate activists to guide the conservation of our nation and our state,” he explained.
“Climate change is a threat multiplier. Women, and especially young women, are solution multipliers.
“The Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) calls for the collaboration and support of all relevant stakeholders to break the bias through the domestication of legal frameworks, strategies and provisions for the mainstreaming of gender concerns and women’s rights in the contexts of decision-making and response to climate change and justice, land degradation and environmental crises and disasters.