I write from the perspective of a young African woman seeking to address the position of women, African women specifically in climate justice issues. Effects from climate change are being experienced in different ways across the globe and people in specific countries are also being affected in different ways; some are more hard-hit than others. In Africa this group is women.

Though this might not have been given the proper attention it needs in the past it is now time to focus on the effects of climate change on women in Africa. The reason why most women are highly affected is because they are the main leads in the agricultural - based economies of Africa. This is especially true of women in rural livelihoods. When anything that threatens agriculture happens then women are the fisrt at the receiving end.

It goes even further to affect the larger community since it is known that women shoulder the community. To be more specific, the amount of money that these women can make, most of which comes from small-holder farming, is used to sustain their households by buying food, accessing medical care, taking their children to school among other things. Through this then we can see how climate change affects a larger part of the community starting with women.

This is the main reason why women should be at the heart of the climate justice conversation in all levels. Women need to be heard and their voice is significant if it is united. Women need to join forces, organize and address issues that are pressing to them in the community. They can address some issues like how they can mitigate the effects of climate change by adopting more sustainable farming methods. They can also do community activism and call upon their leaders to do more at the national level to address issues of climate change. To do this effectively they will need information.

In this age, it is easier and even cheaper to an aextent to access information. Using internet women in Africa can get information regarding the ongoing debates, pressing matters, research, methods to reduce the effects of climate change. However, herein is a major problem. I have heard it argued that there is internet connectivity in most parts of Africa now. Out of experience working with youth in many parts of Africa I beg to differ. We have made some progress but reliable internet connecctivity in Africa is still an issue. A point to consider for CSOs and other community workers is using cell phones for this women to access internet and therefore information on climate justice issues. Most people in rural Africa now have cell phones so this would be an easier way of doing it.

As a young African woman, I use the internet to ensure that I link up the youth and woman at the communtiy with information regarding climate change and what they can do. I also tell their stories, especially those that are trying to use practical means to ensure sustainability at the community level. By doing this I am driving the conversation from the higher levels to the community level where the voice of women is heard within the global climate change action.

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Hello Judyannet!

Thank you so much for writing and for doing your part to make heard the voices of women in rural areas without access to information technology. After reading the stories of women from this community about climate change and how it is disproportionately affecting women, I am now seeing so clearly how women are at the frontlines of this issue, especially those in rural communities. I just finished reading this piece by Sbrtlam about how climate change is affecting women in Nepal, and there are many similarities to the situation you've described across Africa: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/sbrtlam/posts/61179

Sbrtlam talks about women taking control of community land to help restore it and manage it sustainably. Are you seeing any of these kinds of efforts in rural communities in Kenya?

Thanks again for writing and I look forward to hearing back!

All my best,


Hi Emily,

Thanks for reading. It is very encouraging to see that across the globe women are actively taking initiative, especially women living in rural areas. It is interesting to compare Kenya with the cases in Nepal. I would say that women in their own way have had a close connection to land in Africa even when they don't necessarily own it but they have managed with what they have and used it to feed their households and often spare some for sale. If anything, the women have grown more bold in their methods like looking for expert information and seeking alternative markets for their produce. This is at a small scale though. In future, we can only hope that this grows even more.




Hello Judyannet Oh yes Women has to be at the heart of climate justice discussion at all level because they are the most affected. Thank you so much for addressing the position of African women and for being the voice of the women in your community. This is a wonderful piece and Kudos to you

Warmest Regards Busayo

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