The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD 2022) is “ Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow ” .
As the world is currently facing a climate crisis that is having serious and lasting impacts on our environment and economic and social development, addressing gender inequality in this context is one of the greatest challenges. In fact, women and girls are more vulnerable to climate change and more dependent on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. They often bear the burden of providing food and water for their families and represent 70% of the world’s poor. They are often forced to migrate due to environmental disasters. UNDP’s 2019 data show that women make up 8 out of 10 of those who have had to flee their homes due to climate change-related events.
At the same time, women have an important role to play in mitigating the impact of climate change if given the opportunity. On this day, FEMISE interviewed its experts in the region on ways to ensure equity in green economy jobs and to learn more about:
- What is the status of women and their role in mitigating climate change?
- How women empowerment could be key to successful climate actions?
- What do we need in order to ensure equity in green job creation?”
- What challenges are women facing in the green startup/ entrepreneurial sector?”
Check out the interview with Maryse Louis (General Manager, FEMISE), Katarzyna W. Sidło (Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department, CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research) and Hajar Khamlichi (President and co-founder of the Mediterranean Youth Climate Network ‘MYCN’) in the below video.