The Programme Officer of Beakanyang Kafo has reaffirmed his organisation’s resolve to working with rural women and youths in the fight against the effects of climate change.
Tumani Danjo was speaking recently at Nyakoi Kerewan women woodland garden in Wuli West District of Upper River Region, during a meeting with women of the community under the auspices of Beakanyang Kerewan.
According to him, more than 50% of the population of The Gambia are women. He noted that gender consideration is critical in all development endeavours including climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The Beakanyang official also said that women are considered as a vulnerable group with very limited access to productive resources and as such his organisation considers their involvement in the fight against climate change as critical.
“What we intend to do with you (women of Kerewan) is to among other things support the conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks through sustainable management of land, improving livelihoods through provision of access to adequate water and ensuring that your woodland is well protected,” he stated.
He advised the women to plant and nurture more trees, saying is fundamentally linked to their survival.
“As humans we rely on trees for many things; such as food, water, wood, medicine and above all oxygen,” he said.
Danjo informed the gathering that over the years his organistaion has been working with women in different communities in the country to ensure their active involvement in the fight against climate change.
“As affected communities we must continue to involve and consult you in the designing and development of our projects. That is why I was here recently and I am here today as well at the instruction of my able director Nfamara Jawneh, who himself was here not long ago,” he added.
He went on: “As women you must adapt your lives to a changing climate because the increases in extreme weather conditions—storms, droughts, and floods – are already affecting us all”.
He said studies have shown that women disproportionately suffer the impacts of disasters, severe weather events, and climate change because of cultural norms and the inequitable distribution of resources and roles.
“Since women are also more vulnerable because you have less access to education and information that would allow you to manage climate-related risks to agriculture, we need you onboard the fight,” he said.
According to him, women have considerably less access to critical information on weather alerts and cropping patterns thus affecting their capacity to respond effectively to climate variability.
Beakanyang programme officer told women that their active involvement and participation throughout their project implementation will always ensure sustainability.
Jaka Dibbay, President of Beakanyang Kerewan Women Association thanked Beakanyang for not only working with them in designing environmental projects but also educating them on the effects of climate change.
Naba Jabby applauded the organistaion for their approach to grassroots development and assured them of their continued collaboration.
by Fatou Trawalley