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In the global battle against climate change, women have emerged as unsung heroes, leading the charge towards a more sustainable and equitable future. Their invaluable contributions to environmental conservation and climate justice efforts cannot be overstated. As we commemorate International Women’s Day, it is fitting to shine a spotlight on the remarkable role they have played in safeguarding our planet and advocating for climate justice despite the various gender-based challenges they face especially in Uganda and Africa.

The struggle had taken years until names like Greta Thunberg, Vanessa Nakate, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim and many others took centre stage becoming household names and common faces at major climate policy formulation platforms. This is after many years of constant advocacy, sacrifice and love for the Earth.

Across Uganda and the globe, women have been at the forefront of environmental activism, championing causes that range from reforestation, water source protection to renewable energy advocacy. Their resilience, resourcefulness, and firm commitment to protecting the environment have made a real difference in the fight against climate injustices.

There are notable event in Uganda where women and girls from all walks of life have come together to raise awareness about the intersectionality of gender and climate issues. Through grassroots organizing, community outreach, and political advocacy, these women amplify their voices and demand action from policymakers to address the root causes of climate change and its disproportionate impacts on women and marginalized communities. Even within families, women are the fruit bearers of the knowlege that children grasp about climate change.

Globally, initiatives such as the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice have stirred women from diverse backgrounds to unite in solidarity and demand climate justice. From indigenous women communities defending their ancestral lands from extractive industries and condesending political figures to young climate activists leading strikes and protests, women are leading the charge for transformative change.

Women’s leadership in climate action is not limited to activism alone. They are also driving innovation and spearheading sustainable development initiatives that promote resilience and adaptation to climate change. Whether it’s through sustainable agriculture practices, clean energy projects, or waste management initiatives, women are harnessing their creativity to find solutions to complex environmental challenges. Through their unwavering efforts, the climate justice has garnered tremendous achievements to date. Initiatives like the COP26 Statement calling for the role of women to be advanced in addressing climate change have contributed a lot to women representation in the climate justice space, bringing more women and girls on board.

However, despite their significant contributions, women remain underrepresented in many decision-making processes and leadership roles within the climate movement. There is a pressing need for more women to be empowered and included in the decision-making spaces where policies and strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation are formulated.

Women are also vulnerable to climate injustices due to the fact that many of them are caught up in chores that require them to provide for their families.

As we celebrate the invaluable contributions of women to climate justice, let us also recognize the importance of amplifying their voices, supporting their leadership, and ensuring gender equality in all aspects of environmental governance. By harnessing the collective power of women and fostering inclusive and equitable solutions, we can build a more sustainable and just future for generations to come.

At Green Foster Action, we believe that women and girls need equal treatment and equal representation in policy formulation and advocacy. Our programmes are designed to foster women involvement in climate justice the same way as their counterparts.

Let us celebrate and honor the women who are leading the charge for climate justice, and let us all commit to standing in solidarity with them as we work towards a healthier, greener, and more equitable planet for all.