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Women’s Inclusion a Must: Vuniwaqa

  The exclusion of women in any arena of sustainable development is a bar­rier to progress and climate action is no exception, says Mereseini Vuni­waqa, the Minister for Women, Children
18 Mar 2018 11:17
Women’s Inclusion a Must: Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa. Photo: Ministry of Women

 

The exclusion of women in any arena of sustainable development is a bar­rier to progress and climate action is no exception, says Mereseini Vuni­waqa, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

She made the statement during the Unit­ed Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York on Friday night.

Parallel to the main event for the Fijian delegation, she also attended an event that was organised in relation to the Com­mittee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the General Recommendation 37 on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change.

The event was mainly targeted at gather­ing experts and practitioners to discuss the content of General Recommendation 37 and its application.

The General Recommendation 37 docu­ment is one of the outcome documents of CEDAW and contains recommendations from the CEDAW committee on gender equality as espoused in CEDAW in the con­text of climate change.

Ms Vuniwaqa emphasised the need to ensure gender equality in climate change action now as it was the only way to fight and adapt to climate change equitably and effectively.

“The adoption of the Gender Action Plan in Bonn last year during the Fijian Presi­dency of COP 23 fortifies our universal commitment to the vitality of the partici­pation of women in climate action,’’ Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“CEDAW General Recommendation 37 On gender related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change further hones in the centrality of gender in climate action.

“It does this by highlighting the key prin­ciples of equality and non-discrimination, participation and empowerment, and ac­countability and access to justice – princi­ples which underscore the CEDAW.”

She said the challenge posed by gender equality in the context of climate action is too great to be accomplished by Govern­ments alone.

“This is part of what the Prime Minister of Fiji and COP23 President Frank Baini­marama, urged us to come together in a grand coalition to fight climate change with global and local solution,’’ the minis­ter said.

“It is similarly important that such in­ternational guidelines are informed by women who are experiencing the brunt of the effects of Climate change in local com­munities.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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