Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

In the current difficult humanitarian, geopolitical and economic context, we cannot afford to lose sight of the interconnectedness and the interplay of the issues related to, and emerging as a result of the challenge brought by climate change.

Charles Mwangi, Acting Executive Director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), said this during a session that focused on tackling climate-related health and gender problems that was held on the sidelines of the on-going Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali.

Participants at the session highlighted that it’s mostly women who are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which aggravates existing gender disparities.

Some of these effects exacerbate existing social and economic inequalities including poor quality of air, food, and housing quality, disproportionately harming the health of disadvantaged populations in both developed and middle and low-income countries.

For example, maternal health becomes an issue, increase of GBV prevalence, lack of access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights services and negatively impacting family planning. It also limits their education opportunities and income generation, increasing their exposure to violence.

Dr. Philip Osano, Centre Director of Stockholm Environment Institute and Africa Centre said, tackling short-lived pollutants such as methane on farms and fumes in public transport and homes could support addressing the Paris Agreement goal of below the 1.5ºC.