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African Climate Summit 2023

Women and girls across the world are disproportionately affected by impact of climate change. The United Nations has reported that a significant majority, around 80%, of those forced to relocate due to the climate crisis are women. Furthermore, even among populations not directly affected by displacement, women often hold societal positions that place them at greater risk when facing the consequences of climate-related shocks.

In a world fraught with environmental challenges, the clarion call for collective climate action reverberates louder than ever. It is a call that not only seeks to safeguard our planet but also aims to foster inclusivity and gender equality. At its heart lies the recognition that women and girls must assume a pivotal role in the vital tasks of climate mitigation, ecological restoration, and sustainable development.

The imperative of inclusivity acknowledges that everyone, regardless of gender, should have a seat at the table when it comes to addressing climate change. This philosophy hinges on the belief that diverse voices and perspectives enrich the discourse, leading to more innovative and effective solutions. Moreover, it underscores the importance of empowering women, who, in many parts of the world, bear the brunt of environmental crises but also possess unique insights and abilities to mitigate these challenges.

As we chart the path forward, the aspiration to drive Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the world looms large on the horizon. This ambition recognizes that economic development and environmental sustainability are not mutually exclusive. By harnessing green technologies and sustainable practices, we can foster economic growth that is both equitable and environmentally responsible. Supporting sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture practices that empower female farmers not only contributes to food security but also helps mitigate the impacts of climate change.

We hope by end of the African Climate Summit 2023, an inclusive and sustainable solution will be found to allow all countries start considering gender lens investing especially in promoting environmentally sustainable technologies while also elevating women’s leadership and economic participation in the green economy. Investing in initiatives that increase women’s access to clean and sustainable energy sources helps alleviate their daily burdens and enhances their resilience in the face of climate-related challenges.

WODEF aspires an African continent that through channeling resources into projects that empower women, reduce gender disparities, and tackle climate change simultaneously, will create a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

In conclusion, our collective aspiration for a more sustainable future is intricately woven with inclusivity, gender equality, and green growth. It is a vision that, when realized, will not only protect our planet but also promote social justice and prosperity for all.

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