Women Emerge as Powerful Advocates at UN Environment Conference

Women Emerge as Powerful Advocates at UN Environment Conference
By Regina Cornwell, Women’s Media Center.

More than a third of the world’s 6.7 billion people live in energy poverty, using wood, charcoal and dung for cooking and heating; and nearly a quarter have no access to electricity. In rural locations where electricity is available for a few hours a day, often men benefit for evening leisure pastimes but there is no power for women during the day to help lighten heavy chores, or support income generating activities.

Discussing the effect of climate change, the women’s group argued that it “often magnifies gender inequality” since women carry the burden when natural disasters make it more difficult to secure water and fuel.

Thus, the group said–pointing to the example of Nobel laureate [and Kenyan Green Party founder] Wangari Maathai‘s Green Belt Movement in Kenya–programs on climate change “often present an opportunity to address deeper inequalities.” The time has come, said the group in its statement, for governments to stop merely talking and actually engage women as “active participants in designing and implementing energy solutions.”

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  1. Hey…

    >>Gore, unlike Nader in 2000, would be an ideal candidate

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