Celebrating diversity and equity is what will be
at the front of my mind on 8th of March
“Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.
Women are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable to climate change impacts than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on the natural resources which climate change threatens the most.
At the same time, women and girls are effective and powerful leaders and change-makers for climate adaptation and mitigation. They are involved in sustainability initiatives around the world, and their participation and leadership results in more effective climate action.
Continuing to examine the opportunities, as well as the constraints, to empower women and girls to have a voice and be equal players in decision-making related to climate change and sustainability is essential for sustainable development and greater gender equality. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.
This International Women’s Day, let’s claim “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”
Sustainability is one of the many themes that various countries address, and it is needed to understand more the long-term systemic implications if we do not educate, empower, and help any woman who needs assistance. Be that the neighbour, the victim of war or a friend.
Equal rights have been agreed already in 1945 and many laws in the EU have contributed to the refinement of the application. However, much work still needs to be done to raise consciousness that women are equal to men. We are all in various degrees caught in a narrative that still wants us to believe we are less.
That starts when a girl or woman who has been harassed is not being listened to either by parents, teachers, police officers or anybody who could be of assistance. It starts when during pandemic, young women are not allowed to use their computer to follow lessons, when they do not get the medical care, they wish for themselves, or cannot even own their own cell phone anymore.