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Women, Science and Climate Change: COP22 thematic day

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
Morocco, Marrakech
Type of Event: 
Working group/Expert Meeting
Lucy Hoareau

At COP 22, which is currently taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, November 15th has been designated as the Gender Day. For UNESCO, and in particular for the Natural Sciences Sector, gender equality is one of the two main cross-cutting priorities along with the priority for Africa.

The aim is to highlight the vision and action of the Organization at global level and those of other institutions at the local level to promote the key role of girls and women in the fight against climate change, through research and community action. Women still lag behind in scientific research and scientific and technological solutions are essential in the struggle for climate and sustainable development and the mobilization of all is necessary. Similarly, women's involvement in communities is crucial because they, particularly in rural and disadvantaged areas, are severely affected by climate change.