African women unite for climate justice, reparations and development alternatives

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The second Women’s Climate Assembly (WCA) which will be held in Lagos, Nigeria, from September 24 to 28, 2023, will bring together women from fourteen countries in Central and West Africa under the theme “African women unite for climate justice, reparations and development alternatives!

Following the success of last year’s inaugural assembly in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, the overarching objective of the meeting is to support and unite women-led movements in Africa against dirty energy, the new “green” attack on Africa’s mineral wealth and false solutions to climate change. that allow mega-corporations to continue harming the planet.

The platform allows women to build new knowledge together, strengthen their struggles and propose women-centered development alternatives that allow people to live with dignity with improved incomes and public services, to adapt to global warming. rapid climate change and to defend nature and its rights. exist in a reciprocal relationship with humans.

The WCA is a collective effort led by a steering group of women’s movements, grassroots networks and a few non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in solidarity with women in resistance. Grassroots women from the communities of Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone will come together to strengthen solidarity and counter the power of corporations and governments that threaten all life on Mother Earth.

For women fighting for climate justice, the WCA provides a crucial political space for education, activism, camaraderie, and movement building. The Assembly will give more than a hundred activists and community leaders from fourteen countries the opportunity to learn, build mutual understanding and solidarity, educate each other, develop policy solutions that meet their needs. interests and, above all, to ensure that women who bear the costs of the climate crisis are visible!

“The strength of Women’s Climate Assemblies lies in their commitment to leaving no one behind, ensuring that the most vulnerable are not only part of the conversation but also part of the solution” – Josiane Yebi Boyo, Ivory Coast

The climate crisis is worsening in sub-Saharan Africa, which is warming faster than anywhere else in the world and is on the verge of surpassing the elusive 1.5 degrees of global warming that scientists have long warned about. The signs of the growing climate crisis are there: severe droughts in the Horn of Africa and southern Africa; rising sea levels that have swallowed entire villages across West Africa; cyclones affecting southern Africa; and the rapid contraction of water bodies which fuels conflicts and wars. Levels of food insecurity are increasing and the lives and livelihoods of Africans are under serious threat as 60% of our population, mainly peasant food producers, rely on agriculture and local food systems to exist. Given their connections to nature and their “traditional” role as caregivers, it is African women who bear the greatest burden of the climate crisis.

As the world burns, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Conference of the Parties (COP) have been hijacked by corporate interests and blocked by rich country interests that are undermining the solutions that exist. attack the underlying causes of climate change. Corporate polluters and their government negotiators at the UNFCCC have thwarted efforts to ensure that countries that have made the greatest historical contribution to the climate crisis acknowledge their historic responsibility, commit to reducing their carbon emissions as much as possible in as soon as possible and to provide fully for the losses and damage they have caused to people around the world who are now bearing the highest costs of global warming.

“Local women who advocate for the environment and fight for climate justice are the true heroes of our time, working tirelessly to heal our planet and ensure a better future for all” – Mariama Sonko, Senegal

The Women’s Climate Assembly coincides with the third COP of the African People’s Counter from September 18 to 29 which aims to center and strengthen African voices and movements on the front lines of the climate crisis. It is here that the AOC will converge with community and women’s assemblies across the continent to build and advance a deeply pan-African perspective on the climate crisis and African climate justice.

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