Women bear the brunt of the negative impacts of climate change: USAID

USAID Egypt Mission Director Leslie Reid said women face inequities in the fight against climate change while bearing the brunt of its effects, including high rates of gender-based violence. women and economic security, especially for those who depend on natural resources to support their households. .

She added that, therefore, the need to hear the voices of women and women in leadership positions should be emphasized when it comes to climate action.

This happened during a workshop within the framework of the activities of the Egyptian Forum for International Cooperation and Financing for Development in which Reid stressed that the empowerment of women is one of the most important priorities of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), stating that the U.S. government is prioritizing climate action initiatives in terms of funding women’s empowerment programs and the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience which supports nearly 500 million people worldwide in the countries most at risk due to climate change.

USAID also implements a gender-responsive strategy that prioritizes the empowerment of women in climate action, explaining that the agency implements programs in the areas of health, education, entrepreneurship, economic growth and governance that focus on women with the skills, knowledge and opportunities to be leaders of change.

To close this gap, Reid said all must focus on supporting women leaders and reducing the barriers they face in the workplace, in their communities and in schools.

“We cooperate closely with the Ministry of International Cooperation and the National Council of Women, and we have other partnerships. In preparation for the climate conference, we prepared – in cooperation with the Egyptian government – the Youth Conference on Climate Change, which is a simulation of the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP27) to raise awareness and promote dialogue on climate change. ”

Teresa H. Sadler