English translation provided by community member Anna L.
In our community in South Kivu Province, we have two kinds of climate change: dry season climate change and rainy season climate change
During the dry season, women are most affected because they do most of the housework despite the fact that men are the heads of the household. Women have to face and resolve many problems caused by climate change in this season, such as:
A lack of water in the city and even in rural areas; women have to travel long distances to find water and this leads to unforeseen incidents including rape (for rural women), fights, and other annoyances caused by trouble-makers.
Another consequence of this dry season is that water becomes very difficult to find so households basically stay dirty, there's dust everywhere in the city, and canals are clogged all over. As a result, families and more often women are struck by various diseases. And their children are too.
Damage in the rainy season isn't as great, but the rains cause erosion. A good number of women and children perish because of it. Women are always affected in this season because they must do the housework and in this season they work twice as hard.
And let's not forget that women are more affected in the rainy season because of all the field work that needs to be done then; women do a lot of farm work to feed their families, and to be honest, to feed the entire nation.
We suggest that the international and national communities help our country's local communities in the following ways:
Create sources of potable water, meaning create wells so that women don't have to walk long distances to find water.
Reinforce the services offered by REGIDESO so that water becomes abundance itself in the dry season.
Reinforce sanitation services in order to decrease the number of diseases caused by climate change.
Reestablish security throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to help farmers and especially women so we ourselves can fight climate change.
In the rainy season we sow our fields hoping for a harvest that will take care of our needs throughout the season and especially during the dry season.
In spite of a lack of water during the dry season, women manage to find water here and there.
Why is it important for women's voices to be heard and taken into consideration when it comes to tackling climate change?
We all know that educating a woman means educating a nation; nothing can function in the family without the woman's involvement. She plays an important role on every front. Women's voices are necessary and heard more when it comes to tackling climate change because women are involved in almost everything related to the question of climate change.
Again, let's mention them:
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