Against All Odds, Rural Women in Myanmar Cope with Natural Disasters and Climate Change (August 2016)

Eight years after experiencing the devastating Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar’s worst natural disaster to date in the country, rural communities, especially women, in the Ayeyarwady River Delta, live in constant dread of another monster sea storm.

During community consultations for a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) climate change gender vulnerability assessment, the women of Pinsalu and Labutta villages  which were worst affected by the May 2008 Cyclone Nargis, said they need to be better prepared for natural disasters as they are primarily responsible for the safety of vulnerable family members.

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Pacific Island Women Technicians Help Protect Planetary Ozone and Climate (August 2016)

Suva, Fiji - Pacific Island women are confidently entering the traditionally male-dominated refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) servicing profession, supporting national and global efforts to protect planetary and human health. Inspiring role models, they urge other women to “follow their dreams” and “to go for it”.  

Ms. Akanisi Varani, a lecturer in RAC at the Fiji National University has a simple message for  Pacific women.  “If we want to do anything, we should follow our dreams and aim high. We should follow our heart and our passion no matter what the challenges are so that we can reach our goal, “she says, recalling how she herself “climbed the way up” from a technician to becoming a lecturer.

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During the second day of the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLFP), the key findings of the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO) – the first ever comprehensive assessment about gender and the environment - were presented.  The findings were presented by Elliot Harris within the HLPF meeting side event: Getting set for the SDG implementation from local to global.  The side event was hosted by Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and UNEP. The GGEO is essential reading for those who are interested in the social dimensions of environmental issues, and in particular how these issues are gendered.

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