The Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st) intensified advocacy at the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
The Centre had in an advocacy statement noted that the voices of women are so important in the fight against climate change and it must be heard. C21st’s hashtag – #Women4ClimateFinance – is the main advocacy hashtag dedicated to raise awareness on climate finance for local women.
Women and girls are disproportionately more vulnerable to threats posed by the crisis. Rural women, informal workers, indigenous women, ethnic minority women, women with disabilities — women and girls in all their diversity — experience its impacts differently.
While calling on all women and girls from all over the world to stand up for climate justice, the Executive Director, Titi Akosa noted that it is the responsibility of world leaders to ensure there is access to climate finance for local women, because this will be a major step to financing climate change action.
She argued that whilst climate change affect women across the world significantly, women remain seriously under-represented in climate policy, climate decision-making and climate finance.
A recent report this year by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found the climate crisis was fuelling violence against women around the world.
C21st is advocating for urgent action to improve gender equality when designing, delivering and accessing climate finance such as addressing on climate issues and improving financial inclusion for women.