Gender and Climate are one of the most urgent issues of our time.
Women and girls suffer the most significant threats from the impact of Climate. Research shows that up to 14 times more women and children are more likely to die than men when climate disaster strikes.
Anijie Global Foundation organised the first youth conference on Gender and Climate in Ghana, dubbed Anijie Global Gender and Climate Conference 2022.
The organisation recognises that Ghana will suffer from the adverse effects of climate change and inconsistent policies if positive measures are not taken immediately and gendered impact.
Achieving climate goals through Gender and Social Equity: The role of the youth in Ghana, the theme for the conference, addressed by the keynote speaker, Mr Stephen Kansuk Esquire, The Head of Environment and Climate Change Specialist at The United Nations Development Program in Ghana. He educated and interacted with the youth on Ghana’s priorities in achieving climate goals. Ms Franklina Shalom, Lead of More Heads Organization, also highlighted promoting gender-responsive climate action.
The panel featured Grace Efua Amposah from CAMFED Ghana, Nii Noi Omaboe from Green Youth Africa Organisation (GAYO), Ruth Abunaw Besong, a Mandela Washington fellow, Prince Agbata – Founder & CEO of Coliba Waste Management Service LTD.
The panel explored the understanding of gendered impacts and protecting the rights of women and girls in the context of the adverse impact of climate change and in promoting gender-responsive climate action ably moderated by Ms Darkoa Bessa-Simons. They brainstormed with the youth present on innovative ways to achieve these goals.
Participants highlighted that the conference was educative, impactful, informative, highly interactive and engaging. They also mentioned that it was an insightful discussion, a fantastic opportunity to learn practical solutions, and a wake-up call to action to tackle gender and climate change.
In attendance were Dr Vanessa Mensah-Kabu, Mrs Catherine Morton, President and Executive Director for Eve Ghana, Representatives from the United Nations, British High Commission, Government Agencies, Civil Organisations, Youth Activists and NGOs.
Anijie Global Foundation, founded by Ms Maudlyn Akosua Awuku, is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Ghana that promotes the socio-economic empowerment of women, youth, and children to improve the quality of life through sustainable interventions and initiatives garnering commitments towards the UN SDGs Agenda 2030 and realisation of the African Union Agenda 2063, “The Africa We Want,”
The organisation’s main priorities are Gender Equality, Climate Action, and Quality Education as they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This maiden conference occurred on the 26th of November 2022, and its the first Youth Conference held in Ghana on Gender and Climate.