By Aaron Yancho Kaa
Drawing from a multiplicity of challenges that women face inthe rural communities around Africa, some close to50 participants representing some civil society organizations within the net work of the pan African Media Alliance for climate Change talked this idea through that a Gender Responsive Climate policy was needed in the new climate change Agreement to be enacted in cop 21 to take place in Paris at the end of this year, so as to give adaptation a community face in Africa.
These participants that met in a working conclave that is holding under the theme. (Road to Paris, what kind of Agreement Do We Need) were deliberating on the challenges,successes, gaps, and recommendations for improved responses to climate change and the post 2015SDG,s for Africa.
Cecilia M. Kibe, who cordinated the womens working session and who doubles as the cordinator of the Kenyan Climate Justice Women Champion explained that cop 18 marked a mile stone for the CC gender agenda that presented a gate way to a frame work that would enhance the adequate representation of women in the CC decision making processes. "The most critical aspect of this decision was to integrate womens rights and women voices in to climate change related policies and strategist".she said.
According to Cecilia all actions proposed for mitigation and adaptation need to be gender sensitive, which called for specific approaches to this strategist. The participants also unanimously accepted that capacity building projects and decisions had to recognize and promote the utilization of existing gender sensitive tools and approaches. over the years the gender sperspective of climate change have showed that climate change is not gender neutral. women whose abilities rotate around the famlies and farms have had to deal with alot of impact more than their husbands and men.
"women are often home when the impacts of climate change strike. As such they face the daughting challenges"..Cecilia echoed. when the soils become too barren the women labor on the farmfields lacking time for an education, to learn a trade and to be part of decision making she elaborated .
After a thorough exchange of country opinions and experience these PACJA-CSO representatives wished that by mainstreaming gender in all mitigation and adaptation issues and policies, the affected communities were going to adequately and timely response to the challenges posed by Climate changes across the Continent.