10 March 2022, 14h00-15h30 CET (online)
Spanish and Portuguese interpretation will be available
In many parts of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, women and girls have the responsibility for overseeing household water supply as well as ensuring food security, producing between 60 to 80% of food. Water and food are the basis of the women’s social responsibilities and livelihoods in low-income economies. In a time of climate change, these have become increasingly critical challenges.
It is now well recognised that women are more affected by climate change than men not only because of their greater dependence on natural resources and their obligations to collect water, food, and wood for fuel. Women also tend to be less financially secure, with limited ownership of land and limited access to finance, affecting their options when it comes to responding to worsening climate impacts.
At the same time, rural and Indigenous women have been in the forefront of ecologically conscious water management and agricultural practices for thousands of years. Yet climate finance, policy measures and other forms of support continue to be directed mainly towards large-scale, capital-intensive, and technology-driven projects rather than women-led, community-rooted, and nature-based solutions.
Motivated by values, spiritual traditions, and religious teachings, churches and faith-based organisations have an important role in lifting up and fostering voices and perspectives of marginalised groups and communities, not least when it comes to discussing and developing solutions to climate change. On the occasion of the 66th Commission on the Status of Women focusing on the theme, “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change,” the side-event aims to:
1) highlight concrete examples of how young, rural and Indigenous women are building resiliency to climate change in their communities not least through agricultural and water initiatives as well as
2) offer theological reflections and discuss how churches and faith-based organisations can and are already promoting these initiatives.
Introduction to and photo slideshow on the theme (5 minutes)
Panel on women-led and gender-responsive initiatives addressing the intersections between water, food, and climate justice (50 minutes)
Ruth Nyambura (Kenya, African Ecofeminists Collective)
Winnifred Mailu (Kenya, Send a Cow)
Renemsongla Ozukum (India, National Council of Churches in India Ecology Working Group)
Rev Dr Neddy Astudillo (USA/Venezuela, GreenFaith)
Moderator: Joy Kennedy (Canada, WCC Working Group on Climate Change)
Discussion (30 minutes)
Closing and summary (5 minutes)