Translation provided by community member irenelucia
Women are the key for climate solutions because they are the most affected by climate change. The history of Congolese women from rural milieux shows how climate change affects them: for example, women do a lot of housework and farm work, and Congolese homes use firewood for cooking. Before, women could find wood close to their houses, but today, women travel miles to find firewood. There are two causes for this lack of firewood. Women use regular wood as firewood without replanting the treeless spaces. Farmers and herders use slash and burn in their fields and the fire damages a large part of the environment. As a result, they often have to find new areas for their herds to graze in.
As for the first question, the women of my community are affected by climate change because they are the ones responsible for doing all of the work.
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