Some women’s groups have demanded the implementation of local and international agreements to enable them to have access to the required finance needed to tackle the challenges of climate change in Africa.
The groups said that their objective in advocating for the fulfilment of these financial pledges is to ensure that women and girls in frontline communities are empowered with basic knowledge of climate change and how to take local actions to adapt to its devastating impacts.
According to them, women and girls living in developing nations that are the most affected by the climate crisis need to know about finance, and this finance should flow from developed into developing countries because of the injustice of climate change.
Among the groups seeking improved fiance for women is the Centre for 21st Century Issues which is collaborating with Gender Monitors from Anglophone Africa to champion a campaign tagged: “African Women for Climate Finance.”
Titi Akosa, Executive Director at the Centre for 21st Century Issues, hinted that the initiative was conceptualised to mobilise the voices of the vulnerable, especially the excluded and marginalized, into policy processes.
She added that the campaign is also aimed at ensuring that these affected people are not left out of the funds received for climate adaptation across the continent.
Speaking in a documentary produced as part of her organisation’s strategic plan to capture and showcase some of the environmental setbacks suffered by these frontline communities, Akosa emphasised the need to assist the victims to access finance to enable them to take local actions and adapt to the sinister impacts of climate change on livelihood sources.
“Our women are the ones on the frontline, and they need this finance to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change,” she decried and argued that the finance to address climate change at the local level, especially for those who are at the forefront, needs to come from the developed to the developing countries because of the imbalances and causes of global warming.
She disclosed that her establishment is working with other local and international partners to ensure that this finance gets into the hands of these victims to enable them to adapt and act against climate change.
“Therefore, addressing, reducing and overcoming these barriers are essential through climate finance with the view of fulfilling the mission of tackling the climate crisis,” the Centre For 21st Century Issues Executive Director concluded.
Story was adapted from environnewsnigeria.