Gender equality in climate change action

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa while delivering her opening remarks in New York. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 6:11PM MINISTER for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa who is currently leading a team in New York at the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women has emphasized on the need to ensure gender equality in climate change action.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said this while delivering her opening remarks at an event that was organized in relation to the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the general recommendation 37 on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change.

She said this is the only way to fight
and adapt to climate change equitably and effectively. 

The General Recommendation 37 document is one
of the outcome documents of CEDAW and contains recommendations from the CEDAW
committee on gender equality as espoused in CEDAW in the context of climate
change.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said that CEDAW General
Recommendation 37 On gender related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in
the context of climate change further hones in on the centrality of gender in
climate action.

The challenge posed by gender equality in the
context of climate action is too great to be accomplished by Governments
alone.