Gender and climate change workshop held in Windhoek

21 Aug 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) – A one-day workshop on gender and climate change arranged by the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia took place in Windhoek on Monday.
The workshop was held under the theme ‘Women are environmental leaders and actors’.
In his opening remarks, EIF Chairperson Theofilus Nghitila said the workshop came at an opportune time when climate change has advanced on both the political and economic agendas globally, and when Namibia has started feeling the impact of climate change.
“What is so opportune about this workshop is that the EIF has programmes that are to help Namibia in its adaptation and mitigation strategies that are gender aware,” Nghitila said.
He said women being the most affected by climate change, are not involved in the decision-making platforms on climate change issues.
Nghitila remarked that in water, food, and energy security women are at the centre stage, yet they are “used as objects” and excluded from decision making.
“In each of these sectors women are the key players. It is them who fetch water and cook food, to mention but a few,” he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, EIF Director of Operations Karl Aribeb encouraged institutions and organisations to apply for projects in climate change that address gender disparities as one of the main focus.
Aribeb said applications should be done through the Green Climate Fund (GCF). There is a budget of US dollars 10 million per project.
EIF Chief Executive Officer, Benedict Libanda urged participants to come up with ideas on how gender-responsiveness in the GCF projects and programmes will be ensured.
Meanwhile, one of the primary concerns some participants of the workshop had was how climate change will be addressed and sustained if the funds in support thereof run dry.
Libanda acknowledged that the concern is a real headache and it will have to be addressed at another platform with the consideration it deserves.
The workshop is attended by staff of the EIF; Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare; Ministry of Environment and Tourism; conservancies as well as members of some national and international non-governmental organisations.