Dr Synda Obaji discusses women’s participation in environmental decision-making in Africa from the viewpoint of environmental law and human rights law.
It has long been established that climate change will disproportionately affect vulnerable and poor populations, because they depend highly on natural resources but are incapable of dealing with climate variability. Recent studies have now also revealed that due to gender roles, access to resources and information, women are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than men. Since rural women are a major part of Africa’s poor, unemployed and socially disadvantaged, their participation in the making of environmental decisions is key. Read full article