The newly appointed Nigeria’s Minister for Environment, Ms Amina mohammed who had been part of the driving force behind the new Sustainable Development Goals met with Women and Gender Constituency of the UNFCCC on Thursday, 3rd December, 2015.
she had a fruitful discussion on strategy with women Climate Justice advocates and other women who have been actively engaged in negotiating on behalf of women and gender in the climate talks. She encouraged the advocates and pledged her support in ensuring gender and women concerns in the global climate agreement.
She strongly advocated for a change in the narrative on women and gender in the Climate talks. Though the challenge of mainstreaming gender and women issues into the global agreement is quite daunting but she is optimistic that it is not impossible.
The strategy put forward by her in ensuring a gender responsive agreement is the inclusion of young women in the discussion and unpacking of the language of the negotiations for all to understand.
In her words the task of mainstreaming gender and women issues into the global climate agreement “ appears impossible, until we make it possible”.
It is of equal importance in advocating for gender to also advocate for a legally binding agreement that will protect the whole of humanity and planet.
watch her inetrview on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIyoX8xy9mQ
Ms Titilope Gbemisola Akosa and
Ms Edna Kaptoyo