Gender equality today for a sustainable future
This year, for International Women’s Day March 8the The United Nations recognize the contribution of women and girls who are leading the way in building a sustainable future for all.
International Women’s Day presents we with an opportunity to celebrate the political, social, economic and cultural achievements of women and girls around the world. This year’s theme is “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Future”. The climate crisis and gender inequality are two central issues at the heart of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The global effort to advance gender equality and tackling climate change at the same time is one of humanity’s greatest challenges in the 21st century. The figures indicate 80% of people displaced by climate change and climate-related disasters are women and girlswhile 70% of the 1.3 billion people living in conditions of poverty are women. It is crucial that ssustainability and gender equality efforts worldwide go hand in hand. Therefore, before International Women’s Day this year, we take a look at some of the from the United Kingdom pioneer women to contributeing to sustainable and climate-friendly initiatives this are translate into effective climate action.
May Al-Karooni is the award-winning founder and CEO of Globechain, an online marketplace that connects businesses with charities, small businesses and individuals to redistribute unnecessary items. She realized that no one had digitized the waste industry when the bank she worked for moved across the road. Rather than move their office furniture, most of which was in perfect condition, they got rid of everything and bought new furniture. Seeing this huge mess was a revelation; she knew there were charities and people who needed these items. This revelation gave birth to Globechain. Speaking about International Women’s Day and being a female entrepreneur, May Al-Karooni pointed out that “there is no overnight success or at least there is very little of it”. She underline this women Above all “can be very hard on ourselves; we have more to prove. Its dedication to a waste-free world has made Globechain the largest reuse marketplace in the world, with over 10,000 members operating in the UK, Spain, UAE and New York.
Mya-Rose Craig Ian Anglo-Bangladeshi ornithologist, environmentalist and diversity activist. She was to make a campaign for enprotection and conservation of the environment for indigenous peoples, as well as biodiversity, since the age of 8. AT 11 years old, she started a popular bird blog called BirdGirl and at 17 became the youngest person to see half the world’s birds. In 2016, she founded Black2Nature, an organization leading the fight for equal access to the natural environment for visible ethnic minorities, organizing nature camps for teenagers and high-level conferences. Since Mya, now 20 years old, was listed in the Guardian’s 10 everyday heroes fighting to save the planet. She was nominated for Birdwatch Magazine’s Birder’s Choice Awards as Conservation Hero of the Year with Sir David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot as runners-up. In February 2020, she became the youngest UK to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Bristol for his five years of campaigning and pioneering change through Black2Nature. She has been described as “a champion of diversity and equity in the environment and conservation sector.”
Safia Minney is anot award-winning social entrepreneur and pioneer of fair and sustainable fashion. In 1991, she co-founded people tree, an online fashion company dedicated to the principles of fair trade, fair wages, good working conditions, transparency, good environmental practices and gender equality. She is the author of 9 books and she received a MBE for services to Fthe fashion industry and the fair trade industry in 2009. She is recognized worldwide as a sustainable fashion influencer, developing a capacity building process for fair trade and social enterprises in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She is also a consultant on sustainable businesses, supply chains and marketing. His clients include fashion companies and brands pioneering sustainability from beauty to construction. Speaking of International Women’s Day, Safia recalls the progress made by women and the attention that the ‘me-à-oh‘ drew attention to the plight of women in the Global South. As Safia explains, “We need to become their voice and pressure corporations and governments to reform our outdated business and financial systems to reflect human rights and sustainability.”
Daisy Kendrick is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author and global speaker. She is the co-founder of Ocean Generation, an inclusive global movement that exists to restore a lasting relationship between humanity and our oceans. Frustrated by the lack of awareness and action by Millennials and Gen Z to protect our climate and oceans, she created ocean generation using media and technology to inform, educate and change behavior globally. The organization expanded into local action with initiatives to empower youth in communities vulnerable to climate change. She is also passionate about promoting science careers to girls. “Academically, girls are brilliant in science, but they don’t choose careers in science because society leads them to assume that they won’t be good at it or that they are dominated by men” , something Daisy she says want to change.
Become equal players
In many countries around the world, women and girls are effective and powerful leaders and agents of change for climate change adaptation and mitigation. It is important to celebrate and showcase their sustainability initiatives to empower Continued women and girls become equal actors in the decision-making related to climate change. Without gender equality today, a sustainable and equal future remains beyond our reach.
For more information on International Women’s Day to visit the UN Women website Where Twitter page.
The United Nations Cinema will be hosting a screening of ‘Picture A Scientist’ for International Women’s Day in Brussels on March 8, 2022, to get your free ticket, please visit the Ciné-ONU Facebook page.