Let us keep our gender lenses on
Climate change is gender neutral as it affects both men and women. It’s effect on women is evident. For instance, it increases food insecurity and compounds access to water challenges, which roles are the responsibility of rural women.
The effective handling of climate change in general and weather information management particularly requires strategies which consider marginalised groups such as women. Women; especially those in rural areas are marginalised in issues like, land ownership, decisions on land use as well as which TV or radio programme to access in the family.
Some of the strategies to increase access of weather information for women include disseminating information during community meetings, including school children in information sharing as well as the use of ICT systems that can be accessed on mobile phones need to be developed.
The WIMEA-ICT project appreciates the role of gender in weather information management. Join me in this issue as we discuss the lessons learnt from the gender sensitisation workshops held in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. Until next issue, let us keep our gender lenses focused.