Saturday, February 18, 2012

Women more vulnerable to climate change, says Nigerian official

The Weekend Observer (Nigeria): The Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has urged the Federal Government to mitigate the effects of climate as it affects women more. The Executive Director of WEP, Mrs. Priscillia Achakpa, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

...WEP is a non-governmental organisation established to address the gender injustices on issue relating to the environment, economic and social rights of women.

Achakpa had this to say on an extensive research the programme did in the northern part of the country: “Part of the research we have conducted, what we have found out largely is that women are more vulnerable to the impact of climate change not because it does not affect men. It does, but because of their biological buildup, women are more vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

For instance, if a woman is getting to menopause, the heat waves into the body, is much higher than when she is still in her reproductive age. In terms of ageing, the women age faster than the men when you look at the issues of climate change.”

She also decried a situation where women had to travel five kilometres daily to get firewood and water for household use in the rural areas...

On a street in Kano, Nigeria, shot by andy waite, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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