The urgency to address climate change has never been more apparent. The impact of climate change is now felt worldwide, and concerted efforts are required to mitigate its effects.
In this pursuit, we must place a spotlight on the often overlooked but crucial role that women can and should play in climate change mitigation.
Historically, women are the backbone of sustainable development and environmental stewardship in their communities.
From managing natural resources to adopting eco-friendly agricultural practices, women have demonstrated resilience and innovation in the face of environmental challenges.
However, their contributions are frequently marginalised or overlooked in climate change discussions and policy-making processes.
Firstly, empowering women in climate action is essential for fostering sustainable development.
Studies show that when women are actively involved in decision-making processes related to the environment, their perspectives often lead to more comprehensive and long-lasting solutions.
Example? By ensuring women’s participation at all levels of climate governance, COP28 can tap into a wealth of diverse knowledge and experiences, resulting in more robust policies and initiatives.
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Secondly, women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change, particularly in developing countries. They are often the primary caregivers and providers of food and water for their families, making them more vulnerable to the scarcity of these resources caused by climate-related events.
This role makes them time-poor, which adversely impacts communities. Recognising and addressing the specific challenges they face is therefore crucial for building climate-resilient communities.
As we stand at a critical juncture in the battle against climate change, the world cannot afford to sideline any potential solutions.
By championing women’s role in climate change mitigation, the world has the opportunity to create a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable future for all.
It’s time to harness the power of women as catalysts for positive change.
- The author is the founder and CEO of PMS Africa Group