International Women's Day 2022: FAO shared its strategies for women's resilience to climate change

FAO in West Africa shared its achievements in enabling women to engage in climate change action by building their resilience while calling for more action to increase women's participation in leadership roles.

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The International Community celebrated on 8 March 2022, the International Women's Rights Day under the theme: Gender equality today for a sustainable future. On this occasion, the FAO Subregional Office for West Africa, in collaboration with country offices, organized a panel to share adaptation strategies to improve women's resilience to climate change.

Around 100 guests from all categories actively participated in the exchanges, which proposed concrete actions to address climate change in order to optimize women's contribution in the agriculture sector, calling on all stakeholders to continue their commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment, particularly in the context of women's participation and leadership in climate negotiations.

Despite the key roles that rural women play in food systems, agrobiodiversity conservation, natural resource management, production etc., "they are particularly affected by the impacts of climate change due to limited access to and control over key resources for adaptation and limited participation in decision-making processes. Similarly, they do not have equal access to the productive resources needed for agricultural livelihoods and are often the last to eat when food is scarce," said Dr Yacine Ndeye N'Dour, Climate Change Expert at the FAO Country Office in Senegal, one of the panelists at the meeting.

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