Report of the Learning Circles on Gender and Climate at the CSW56

by Cristina Tirado, Director of PHI’s Center for Public Health and Climate Change

“We are working towards a paradigm shift in recognizing the leadership of women in responding to the climate crisis.”  Eleanor Blomstrom (WEDO)

This year the priority theme at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has been the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.

The Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the NGO- CSW Forum co-organized a Learning Circle on Gender and Climate Change with the contribution of groups such as WEDO, UNDP, UN Women, Huairou Commission, Public Health Institute (PHI), UNISDR, IUCN, WOCAN and ENERGIA.  Special Guest respondents included Mrs. Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice and Hon. Lulu Xingwana, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, South Africa

Nearly 150 participants joined in the Learning Circles on Gender and Climate at the CSW56 in NY. The learning circles addressed issues including: Mitigation, Adaptation, Advocacy, Finance, Risk reduction, Grassroots community strategies and Health and food and nutrition security which was facilitated by the Center of Public Health Public Health Institute.

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