Statement of The African Women’s Groups at the Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa: Marrakech, Morocco 8th-10th October 2014

Statement of The African Women’s Groups at the Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa: Marrakech, Morocco  8th-10th October 2014

We, the African Women Groups who gathered in the Marrakech, the city of Morocco for the fourth conference on climate change and development in Africa with the theme “Africa Can Feed Africa Now” translating climate knowledge into actions that took place from 9th to 10th October 2014, express our gratitude to the organizers of the conference for the opportunity to work together for the development of our continent with development partners, leaders and committed people from all over the world.

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Water Is A basic Human Right

Water Is  A basic Human Right

Clean Water, A Basic Human Right: Kenya

A woman accessing water from a local pipeline. A woman accessing water from a local pipeline.

 

Livestock drinking water from a trough. (© IIN) Livestock drinking water from a trough.

 

A water tank in the village. (© IIN)A water tank in the village.

 

With a centralized water system, women in the community no longer have to travel great distances with heavy containers of water.

 

Children in the community drinking purified water. ( © IIN)Children  drinking purified water.

Without the means to collect rainwater during frequent droughts and due to the use of a watering hole that was shared with livestock, accessing clean water was once a challenge for the Emayian Maasai community in Kenya.

Through the efforts of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN)-anetwork og African Indigenous women Organizations  and MADRE, women in the community have been able to set up and manage a water purification system. Now, there is uncontaminated water year-round, which has contributed to a significant decrease in cases of scabies, cholera and other waterborne diseases.

Women declaration on Rio+20

Representatives of  Civil Society organizations and Women Organizations on March 26, 2012 gathered at the French Institute of N’Djamena for the preparation of the RIO +20,  aware of the enormous needs women in capacity building, including a framework for greater involvement of women in different sectors in the negotiations of 3 Rio Conventions (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Convention on Action against Desertification);

Women declaration on Rio+20 (Download French PDF Version)