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French Envoy on ‘Pak Gender & Climate Award’

ISLAMABAD: French Envoy Nicolas Galey said on Wednesday (8th of March, 2023) that the Pakistan Gender and Climate Awards would provide a platform for organizations and individuals in Pakistan to showcase their efforts in promoting gender equality, and climate action to inspire others to join the movement.

Addressing an event organized on International Women’s Day to celebrate the first edition of the Gender and Climate Award, he said: “By giving the award to three winners, we hope to build on this momentum and continue drawing attention to concrete solutions that are being led in Pakistan”.

Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Sherry Rehman also attended the event.

The Embassy of France and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN Pakistan), announced the winners of the first Pakistan Gender and Climate Awards to mark International Women’s Day.

The objective of the award is to highlight women’s commitment and leadership in the fight against climate change and the need to adopt a gender-responsive policy, in line with the Paris Agreement.

The Envoy said: “We know how much gender inequality impedes human development, and that women are often more vulnerable than men to the impacts of climate change because they often depend on scarce natural resources to support their families and communities.

Moreover, all statistics show that women are more likely to live in poverty, which increases their vulnerability.”

He said, tragically, the floods in Pakistan last August confirmed the impact climate change has on the poorest segments of the population, and even more on women.

The Ambassador noted that women are too often victims of climate change and they also play a key role in combating its effects.

He said that women managed the natural environment, produce food, support the livelihoods of their families and communities, conduct research, developed businesses, and lead advocacy efforts.

“By doing so, they contribute immensely to mitigating the impacts of climate change by offering adaptive and resilient solutions” he added.

He said that by launching this award, together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN Pakistan – and the French Development Agency – AFD -, the Embassy of France wished to highlight the essential role of women in promoting climate-friendly practices and to pay tribute to the women.

The Ambassador said: “By giving this award today to our three winners, we hope to build on this momentum and continue drawing attention to concrete solutions that are being led in Pakistan, by Pakistani women, for a more fair, equal and healthy planet.”

H.E. expressed the hope that the first Gender and Climate Award can inspire more women civil society leaders, researchers and social entrepreneurs in Pakistan to pursue and share the important work that they are doing, and will help guide new generations to be more involved and sensitized to climate issues.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.

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