Gender and climate change: Australian NGOs stand up for greater support and role for women facing environmental risks.
From today, the UN’s annual meeting on gender, known as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place. This year’s negotiations are the 66th session of CSW and will formally take place with hybrid events at the UN headquarters in New York and online from 14 to 25 March, 2022.
The theme of this year’s session is ‘achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women
and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction’.
Gender equality advocates, such as the Equality Rights Alliance, are advising the Australian Government in those talks on how to best face up to the clear and present challenges of climate change while also advancing women’s rights and leadership.
“We seek to carry to New York the voices of women across the country who act as the backbones
of our communities,” said Vanamali Hermans, Policy and Projects Officer at Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA). “By harnessing our collective strength and elevating each other’s struggles, we know we can bring
our communities one step closer to a vision of gender equality that leaves no one behind.”