Women’s participation in climate action will contribute to the creation of a more sustainable and fair future for everybody, according to Kenise Hill, Deputy Political and Economic Chief, U.S. Consulate.
Hill stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Lagos by the consulate.
The inaugural Nigerian Climate Resilience Salon, which brought together women-led organisations, climate-tech entrepreneurs, and representatives from the public and private sectors, was recently backed by the consulate, the woman said. These individuals were leading efforts to address climate change in their communities.
According to Hill, the Silicon Valley technology veteran Shelley Taylor and Folawemi Umunna, a graduate of the International Visitors Leadership Programme financed by the U.S. Department of State, coordinated the Nigerian Climate Resilience Salon with assistance from the mission in Lagos.
She said the Salon was a coalition of partners who came together in different countries and regions to support women in finding solutions to climate impacts through events and a growing supportive network.
According to Hill, climate change is a threat that sees no borders.
“We’re glad to enable this dialogue that gives voice to the women with livid experience of climate impacts.
“We’re glad to facilitate their collaboration with women who have developed strategies for creating greater resilience to find shared solutions to our global, shared challenge of climate change,” she said.
Hill explained that the shared priority of protecting the environment was another example of the close relationship and cooperation that existed between the people of Nigeria and the U.S.
Also, Shelley Taylor, Convener, Nigerian Climate Resilience Salon, said that climate change exacerbated gender inequalities and developmental gaps.
She noted that women had a unique perspective on environmental issues as they often bore the brunt of climate shocks and stresses.
Taylor said that one of the goals of the Climate Resilience Salons was to help some of the women working in non-profits to transform their work into businesses where they could generate profits from climate solutions, increasing their family wealth and influence in society.
“Existing climate tech founders need help scaling their solutions into other regions and across borders too,” Taylor said.