West Africa is recognized as one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. In this region, agricultural sectors are particularly subject to the adverse effects of climate change and its subsequent impact on the economy of rural households. The provision of climate information services is one of the best strategies for coping with climate variability in the region and strengthening the resilience of populations.
However, in rural areas of West African countries, women, young people and marginalized people - who are particularly exposed to the adverse effects of climate change - have the lowest adaptive capacities. Therefore more efforts need to be made for gender and social inclusion in producing and communicating climate information.
Gender plays a role in how individuals experience the impacts of climate change - with different needs, opportunities and capacities to respond. Women face additional barriers to adaptation compared to their male counterparts due to social norms and practices that limit their access to information, resources and opportunities.
This is why adaptation efforts will not be effective or sustainable without taking gender issues into account. If gender issues are not taken into account in the processes of producing and disseminating climate information, this risks exacerbating gender inequalities or creating new ones.
It is with the aim of contributing to this conversation that the AICCRA project will host this side event with AGRHYMET and CILSS. Our objective is to raise awareness of the importance of gender in climate services and in identifying relevant approaches for better gender inclusion in this area.
AICCRA's Director Ana Maria Loboguerrero will participate in this event.
The side-event will be conducted in two stages:
- A plenary presentation on the sensitivity and gender breakdown of climate information
- Exchanges to strengthen advocacy and gender inclusion in the production and dissemination of climate information
To join virtually: visit the OIF Francophone Pavilion YouTube.
Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)
The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP27 (Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC), will be the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference, to be held from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.