NEW YORK (September 9, 2013)— “ABANTU has played a pioneering role on gender and climate change in Ghana, the sub-region and Africa as a whole.” –ABANTU Director, Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin

For several years, WEDO has worked in committed partnership with ABANTU for Development to enhance knowledge, advocacy and awareness on the linkages between women’s rights and climate change. As members of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), ABANTU and WEDO have partnered on policy advocacy at the UN climate negotiations, innovative research and case-studies on the impacts of climate change, and numerous networking and outreach opportunities.

Most recently, WEDO partnered with ABANTU to support capacity building for COMESA’s Regional Meeting on Gender and Climate Change, showcased above. Together, WEDO and ABANTU worked to highlight the history of gender equality issues in the climate negotiations, gaps and opportunities in current policy decisions, and specifically, how this can be translated to action on gender and climate change at the regional and national level in Africa. You can read the full report of the meeting here.

Find out more about this fantastic organization below!

ABANTU for Development is a women’s rights organization established in 1991 by a group of African women. The word ABANTU means “people” in a number of languages spoken in Eastern and Southern Africa.  The organization is working to enhance women’s place in policy and governance, to bring women’s voices to the issue of climate change, and to empower women leaders in peace building. It also seeks to strengthen NGOs to be more effective actors in the policy-making processes in their countries.

ABANTU has regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana, with an affiliate Country Office in Kaduna, Nigeria. The organization has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

VIDEO: “Women’s Voices on Climate Change” (2012)
REPORT: “ABANTU is Ten Years. Enhancing Women’s Voices in Policy Spaces” (2011)

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