Call for women’s role in adapting to climate change

26Apr 2019
Crispin Gerald
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Call for women’s role in adapting to climate change

THE Tanzanian Civil Society Forum on Climate Change (Forum CC) has called upon authorities to recognise the potential of women in climate change initiatives.

Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Selemani Jaffo.

“The government should come up with trans-formative and innovative approaches to unlock the potential of women in the climate change initiatives since among the vital agents”, read a statement issued by Forum CC in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

It said that women’s unique knowledge, skill sets and perspectives borne out of how they interact with food systems, technology and institutions can improve the effectiveness of climate actions.

Addressing gender and climate change coherently at multilateral, national, sub-national and grassroots levels requires a fundamental shift in ambition and ways of working.

According to the statement, despite the work that is still needed, the country’s policy landscape is ripe with prospects for a more complete coordination and incorporation of gender concerns into policy.

Three  national policies, which are currently under review, are a key opportunity to integrate gender equality issues.

The statement was made on the side-line of the fifth climate change symposium and expo that took place recently in Dodoma.

Themed ‘Achieving Policy Coherence, Inspiring Accountable Climate Actions’ it emphasize policy harmonization between sectors and promotion of accountable climate actions at local and national levels.

The event brought together more than 100 stakeholders from various institutions, together with various Ministers including Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Selemani Jaffo, Minister for Industry and Trade George Kakunda and together with Charles Stuart Chargé d'Affaires of the European Union Delegation to Tanzania and the EAC.

Director for Forum CC, Erick Mugurusi said the organization in collaboration with Oxfam and other partners have been organizing the symposium since 2014.

He mentioned the other partners as the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environment Organisation (TaTEDO), Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) and European Union (EU) that has been providing financial support.

He said the symposium aims to bring together a community of policy makers and practitioners who are collectively seeking to re imagine solutions that enable trans-formative outcomes, through the agency of actors and communities driving accountable climate action towards a resilience future.

 

 

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