Women unite to discuss their role in tackling climate change
One hundred women, including scientists, activists, policymakers and cultural leaders from around the world met this weekend in a conference discussing the relationship between climate policy and women’s empowerment.
The International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative in New York, the first conference of its kind, discussed a variety of issues ranging from the use of fossil fuels and the development of renewable energy to food security.
UN: rural women have ‘great potential’ in climate change response
The United Nations has highlighted the important role women play in responding to climate change, during the International Day of Rural Women.
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), spoke about the challenges rural women face in Daegu, the Republic of Korea.
She said, “Climate change adds to the challenges facing rural women, as social and economic inequalities mean the climate impacts often fall heavily upon women.
“At the same time, women play a critical role in the fight against climate change because they often have a more direct approach to sustainability and valuable sets of skills and knowledge in their local communities.”
She added that women worldwide are taking action on climate change but that more needs to be done to address the issue and improve communities.
Alex Salmond unveils £3m package for countries struggling with climate change
THE First Minister said the addition to the climate justice fund will help provide life-saving and life-changing help to communities in countries such as Scotland's sister nation Malawi.
THE Scottish Government is giving an additional £3 million to poor countries struggling with climate change, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.
Environmental groups have welcomed the grant as recognition that poorer countries that contributed least to climate change are suffering the most and that "wealthy industrialised nations such as Scotland are widely acknowledged as having caused the problem".
Mr Salmond announced the funding as politicians, charities and civic leaders gather for an international climate justice conference in Edinburgh today.
The grant matches the £3 million the Scottish Government awarded last year from its climate justice fund, which has supported water projects in Malawi and Zambia.
Mr Salmond said: "We are taking practical action on the ground to help those most vulnerable to climate change, those in the world's poorest communities in countries like Malawi, Scotland's historic sister nation.
Women’s rights still lagging around the world
WASHINGTON (IPS) - Gender equality around the world has increased dramatically over the past half-century even though the vast majority of countries continue to restrict women’s economic development in at least one way, the World Bank reported.
The Washington-based institution, the world’s largest development funder, released a major report Sept. 24 tracking gender equality developments in 143 countries, focusing particularly on the last two years but contextualizing those changes since the 1960s.
It finds that although many countries have moved toward greater gender parity, there are still major areas—particularly in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa—where substantial legal barriers to equality remain in place.
Civil society groups generally agree with the bank’s long-term analysis, but emphasize that the picture on the ground remains problematic. Even when policies have changed, they say, poor implementation remains an outstanding issue.