WISE Seeks Women Inclusion In Matters Of Climate Change


*Kaduna Govt pledges support for women inclusion


In commemorating the Climate Change Conference (Conference of Parties, COP 28) taking place in Dubai, Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment, WISE Thursday in Kaduna staged a”Road Walk” calling for the inclusion of women in every decision concerning climate change and how it affects the environment.
Conveyer and CEO of WISE Mrs. Nike Olugboji Daramola organizer of the walk which had as theme: “Climate Justice For Women Now,” said women have contributed to finding solutions to this problem facing the world, but, when it comes taking decisions or making their inputs at conferences whether global, national or local they are left out.
“This narrative has to change. Most women are uninformed on the issues of climate change( global warming) and its effects, especially rural women and these are the ones more at risk because they cook with firewood and charcoal. WISE through this awareness has offered and shown most of them alternative ways of cooking that are environmental friendly.”
According to her,  “we must stop deforestation and this can only be achieved if we discontinue the use of firewood and charcoal. There are cooking utensils that are environmental friendly and reduces carbon emissions.”
In his remarks after joining the walk by Kano Road by Ahmadu Bello Way, Abubakar Buba, State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, pledged government’s support for the initiative while commending WISE and conveyor for taking the bold step of creating awareness on why women should be heard on issues concerning the universe.
“The state has a climate change policy responsible for encouraging Green Economic Zones (tree planting) and reducing carbon emissions.”
Buba added that, since women are more at risk to carbon emissions, the state will do all that is needed to support the efforts of WISE in curbing deforestation, he also assured that the Governor, Senator Uba Sani who will attend COP 28, will meaningful contributions.
On her part, Mrs. Hannatu Usman Biniyat, while re-echoing the views of the conveyer charged authorities and agencies addressing the problem of Climate Change to make advocacy that will include women in decisions that affect Greenhouse emissions.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Hon. Terseer Ugbo, revealed that the committee targets at the forthcoming COP 28, to get One billion dollars funding for Nigeria at the Conference for sustaining funding mechanism to support climate change adaptation initiative and ensure the successfully implementation, while enhancing the capacity and technical skills of stakeholders involved in climate change adaptation to address climate challenges.


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