Yesterday the Rockefeller Foundation and the UN Climate Change Secretariat launched a new initiative to bring awareness to women’s important role in combating climate change. The initiative, “Momentum for Change: Women for Results,” is intended to bring attention to activities where women play a critical role in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Heather Grady, Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation pointed out that in Africa women are responsible for 80% of food production on the continent, and therefore need to be more involved in decisions relating to food security: “While climate change affects us all, it does not affect us all equally. Women, though disproportionately affected, are crucial agents of change.”
In light of the above, as well as the powerful remarks made at the high level segment, it is not surprising that Tanzania’s Minister of Environment, Terezya Huvisa, attended the launch of the initiative.