Africa: Role of women on climate change not taken seriously

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Africa: Role of women on climate change not taken seriously

African leaders have been criticised for not taking the issues of climate change and women seriously after the African First Ladies Forum on Climate Change failed to draw the participation of first ladies on the continent.

Dr Aminu Zakari of the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Studies in Nigeria says the forum's work has already been delayed for two years.

"It's part of the politics. This is like the example of how our leaders are not really taking this issue seriously. We've been advocating for this. The first African first ladies would have started from Copenhagen in Denmark. We postponed it and looked forward to have African first ladies' forum in Cancun, it didn't work and here we are again. This dream we will not stop it until we get there, until on this high table we can see 10 or 20 African first ladies meeting annually to discuss issues concerning women."

More information on sabc, published 30. nov

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