Organisations to integrate gender in climate management in Africa – ESI Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organistion of the United Nations (FAO) has joined efforts with the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group to integrate gender dimensions in climate action and disaster risk management and reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa.
A recently signed agreement outlined areas of cooperation for the five-year agreement including advocacy and awareness-building, technical mutual support and resource mobilisation.
“This collaboration holds the promise of hope for millions of African women who struggle with social and economic discrimination in climate action and related decision-making processes. While much remains to be done to achieve gender equality in the sector, our combined efforts will be a leap into a better future for the most vulnerable groups in our region,” said Abebe Haile-Gabriel, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa.
“Through this partnership, we will… pave the way for more smart initiatives geared towards protecting the food security, lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations affected by extreme weather conditions and other perils,” said Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director-General of the African Risk Capacity Group.
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FAO and ARC share common objectives with regard to the integration of gender in disaster risk management and climate change actions. This includes building the institutional capacity of stakeholders to mainstream gender issues in work plans and policies.
They also advocate for women’s equal rights and women’s empowerment in decision-making processes, as well as generating knowledge for better-informed local, national, and regional dialogues and policy-making. Another important policy development they work on is providing gender-responsive early warning of the impacts of extreme weather events and food insecurity.
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