NGO Gender coordinating Network has appealed to Malawi government for more women inclusion in its national position to the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 scheduled to take place from 7 – 18 November in Marrakesh, Morocco.
NGOGCN Chairperson for Permanent Committee on Agricultural Economic Empowerment for Women Hellen Chasowa told journalists in Lilongwe y that gender responsiveness in advancing action on climate change was key to achieving sustainable and equitable results.
Chasowa said the country cannot develop if certain society of people are being sideline.
“Why sidelining women and yet they are major victims of climate change,” said Chasowa.
Chasowa said NGOGCN appreciates the need for gender responsiveness to ensure sustainable and equitable results.
“NGOGCN acknowledges efforts by Malawi government through the Environmental Affairs Department in ensuring that the gender agenda is advanced at this year’s Conference of Parties (COP) 22 which will be taking place from 7-18 November in Marrakesh, Morroco. Also, in view of the Paris agreement adopted at last year’s COP 21, it is commendable that Malawi signed and as we anticipate the agreement’s entry into force on 04 November 2016, gender responsive domestication is vital,” said Chasowa.
She said making gender central when honouring commitments and obligations of the agreement was keeping in line with the spirit of Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) on climate action.
“One of the indicators under Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims at women’s inclusion in promotion of mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed nations.
“[Therefore], gender responsiveness must be demonstrated in adaptation, mitigation, and all obligations and commitments in the agreement,” she said.
Another NGONGC member Singers Kasasi said Malawi calls for a robust COP decision that will enhance adaptation in the agriculture sector in the areas of the development of gender sensitive early warning systems and contingency plans in relation to extreme weather events and its effects such as desertification, drought, floods, landslides, storm surge, soil erosion and saline water intrusion.
Meanwhile, NGOGCN Coordinator Victor Maulidi observed that there were some gaps in the implementation of agreements on climate change describing the situation as costly to government.
Maulidi said in terms of climate change women and girls were the mostly affected adding that by including them in climate action was a viable way of cutting costs while achieving sustainable and equitable results.