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Gender Day at COP11: Drylands Womens' Empowerment

UPDATE:  Read the Outcome of Gender Day

10/09/2013. The Convention underlines the role of women in all efforts to combat desertification, land degradation and drought. It calls for their empowerment in decision-making, capacity-building and access to resources. 

On Wednesday, 25 September 2013, participants at the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties will meet in a full day event at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, Hall 18, Windhoek, Namibia, to explore changes in the empowerment of drylands womens over two decades.

Namibia is a leader on women’s empowerment and is also one of only three countries globally with a national drought policy. What have they learnt about women’s’ empowerment on both dimensions? What is the fit between their experience and plans, and the UNCCD’s Advocacy Policy Framework which has been approved at COP10 as well as the UNCCD Advocacy Strategy under consideration at COP11 or the UNCCD implementation process?

This full-day event will examine gender policies in the Drylands, including existing and emerging challenges as well as opportunities for policy action. Policy makers, gender activists and communities from affected regions, including from host country Namibia, will speak to these and related issues. Come hear about the reality of Namibia’s local community members and civil society organizations and also see the innovations and technologies they are using

This full-day event will examine gender policies in the Drylands, including existing and emerging challenges as well as opportunities for policy action.

The speakers include:
•    Hon Margaret Mensah Williams, Deputy Speaker of the National Council, Namibia
•    H.E. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Environment, South Africa (TBC)
•    Mr Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD
•    Prof. Lazarus Hangula,Vice-Chancellor, University of Namibia
•    Ms. Veerle Vandeweerd, Director, Energy and Environment Group, UNDP
•    UNCCD Drylands Ambassador Deborah Fraser, South Africa
•    UNCCD Global Drylands Champion Zakiya Uzoma-Wadada, Trinidad and Tobago

Other Highlights of the Day:
•    Lunch will be provided.
•    An evening reception including 
o    a performance by the Namibian dancing group
o    a brief presentation on the role of culture in the UNCCD by a cultural icon from Namibia
o    UNCCD/World Bank Launch of the Land for Life magazine
o    Award presentation to the Winner of UNCCD Third Photo Contest

For more information, download:
Publicity Flyer

Programme

Concept Note

Or contact:

Wagaki Mwangi, wmwangi@unccd.int

Jasmin Metzler, jmetzler@unccd.int

Elie Kodsi, elie.kodsi@undp.org or

Immaculate Mogotsi, imogotsi@unam.na

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