Gender Day during COP 11 to examine gender policies in dry-lands

23 Sep 2013 05:40
WINDHOEK, 23 SEP (NAMPA) – A Gender Day is scheduled to take place here on Wednesday during COP 11 to explore changes in the empowerment of women in dry-lands over two decades on Wednesday.
According to the programme of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)’s 11th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) underway here, the Gender Day event will examine gender policies in dry-lands, including existing and emerging challenges, as well as opportunities for policy action.
Policy makers, gender activists and communities from affected regions, including from the host country Namibia, will speak on these and other related issues.
“The Convention underlines the role of women in all efforts to combat desertification, land degradation and drought. It calls for their empowerment in decision-making, capacity-building and access to resources. Namibia is a leader on women’s empowerment and is also one of only three countries globally with a national drought policy,” read the programme.
Top on the agenda is what Namibia has learned about women’s empowerment on both dimensions (women and national drought policy), and what is the fit between the experiences and plans.
The UNCCD’s Advocacy Policy Framework, which has been approved at COP 10 as well as the UNCCD Advocacy Strategy under consideration at COP 11 will, also be addressed.
Speakers include Deputy Speaker of the National Council in Namibia Margaret Mensah-Williams; Deputy Minister of Environment in South Africa Rejoice Mabudafhasi; Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Luc Gnacadja; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia Professor Lazarus Hangula; Director of Energy and Environment Group at the UNDP Veerle Vandeweerd; UNCCD Dry-lands Ambassador South Africa Deborah Fraser; as well as UNCCD Global Dry-lands Champion Zakiya Uzoma-Wadada.