Inclusive economic growth is key to tackling gender inequality

Deputy Minister of Forests, Fisheries and the Environment, Maggie Sotyu, said with women recognized as the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change, inclusive economic growth is key to tackling inequality between the sexes.

Sotyu said this when she took part in the debate on International Women’s Day during a session of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

She said women are increasingly recognized as more vulnerable to the impact of climate change than men, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor as they are more dependent on the natural resources that climate change threatens the most.

“It is therefore important that inclusive economic growth is key to tackling unemployment, gender equality, health and other poverty-related issues,” she said.

Sotyu said the government’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, which was approved in 2020, defines the country’s vulnerabilities and outlines plans to reduce those vulnerabilities.

She also said the strategy leverages the opportunities and outlines the resources needed for such action, while demonstrating progress in adapting to climate change.

“It also outlines objections, interventions and set outcomes to allow the country to express its commitment to the Paris Agreement.

“As a guiding principle, our strategy aims to promote the participation of women, take into account gender differences and vulnerabilities to climate change and respond to the needs and priorities of women and children,” he said. she declared.

Sotyu said the years 2020 and 2021 broke records for extreme weather events around the world with more frequent, intense and widespread extreme weather than previous years.

She also said that vulnerability to biodiversity loss and the impact of climate change is deeply linked to gender and sustainability interventions, responses and solutions that must consider gender issues if they are to fully achieve the purposes for which they were established.

“We also encourage the integration of gender issues into programs related to disaster resilience, including the promotion and requirement of the generation of sex-disaggregated data and analysis and the monitoring and evaluation of the specific impact of these events on women and girls.

“Furthermore, our department has developed a Gender Mainstreaming Environment Strategy 2016-2021 – the first of such a sector strategy in the country – to provide strategic guidance for gender mainstreaming in the environmental sector. This is to ensure that initiatives in the sector aim to support the creation of policies that support gender analysis and mainstreaming when developing new projects and that include the gender perspective in the entire project cycle management.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

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