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Vuniwaqa: Leave no women behind

Vuniwaqa: Leave no women behind
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa (second from right), in her last side event at the Commission on the Status of Women CSW 62 in New York, USA.
March 22
11:00 2018

As countries strive towards a net-zero emission world and with the emergence of excit­ing new and innovative technolo­gies and industries, we need to en­sure that women are not left behind.

These were the remarks of the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, in her last side event at the Commission on the Status of Women CSW 62 in New York, USA.

“Leaving no one behind is after all the pledge of the 2030 sustainable de­velopment agenda,” she said.

In addressing the theme, Ms Vuni­waqa stressed the importance of getting the voice of the rural women heard in international negotiations processes and also touched on the importance of gender inclusion in Nationally Determined Contribu­tions.

“We need to strengthen our efforts to bring the views and issues of our rural women into the climate nego­tiations space. This can only be pos­sible through an inclusive participa­tory process,” she said.

The side event featured representa­tives from governments and grass­roots women’s organizations deliv­ering remarks in a panel discussion format, followed by a discussion and question and answers from the audi­ence.

Jo Scheuer, Director for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduc­tion, Bureau for Policy and Pro­gramme Support, UNDP delivered the opening statement where he emphasised and reiterated that the world’s natural resources have de­pleted as a result of climate change and therefore it is important to understand and know the risks involved and also the fostering of women leadership in development.

The panellists for the events in­cluded Rajashri Sai, Partnership Advisor, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, Emerine Kabanshi, MP, Minister of Community Development and So­cial Services, Zambia, and Mariko Wallen, Coral Restoration Practi­tioner, Fragments of Hope, Belize.

The three panellists all shared ex­periences and thoughts in their own country and organizations context on the event theme “Rural Women Leading Climate Resilience”

Ms Vuniwaqa also spoke about the role of NGO and CSO saying that there was a need for close con­nectivity between the sectoral focal points and the gender groups at all levels-from the negotiators to on-the-ground implementers.

“CSOs and NGOs have a very im­portant role to play as sources and custodians of information, and for facilitating the necessary outreach,” the minister said.

The side event was then closed by Maria Noel Vaeza, Director of the Programme Division, UN Women where she reassured the panellists that they had taken on board the idea of setting up a portal where women from other countries could learn of their best practices and ap­ply it to their context for empower­ment.

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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