Senegalese rural women at the weekend, staged a demonstration, calling for climate justice on Saturday in Dakar.
The women also drew attention to the fact that they have continue to endure the adverse impacts of climate change.
Notably, this marks the third demonstration organized by Senegalese women advocating for climate justice. The protest which precedes the upcoming COP28 summit scheduled to take place in Dubai, starting November 30th, marks the third demonstration organized by Senegalese women advocating for climate justice.
“Rural women are mobilizing today because the climate crisis is at a crossroads of an environmental, health, you know what I mean, the COVID-19 pandemic, social and economic crisis,” said Khady Camara, organizer of the march.
Available data shows that climate change poses significant threats to agriculture in Senegal, where only 7% of cultivated land is irrigated, rendering the country’s agriculture highly reliant on rainfall.
“Fighting climate change is very difficult, and requires human, material and financial resources that the women don’t have. That’s why they’re here today to remind the decision-makers who will be attending the next Convention of the Parties in Dubai that last year, at COP27, they were promised a green fund to support the fight against climate change,” defended Mouhamadou Lamine Seck, environmental lawyer.
The agricultural sector has had to undergo substantial changes, with the groundnut industry, historically a cornerstone of the Senegalese economy, experiencing a severe crisis. The crisis prompted a shift to the cultivation of cereals like millet, rice, and corn, along with the production of fruits, vegetables, and manioc.
Story was adapted from Africanews.