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Upholding Women’s Social and Economic Rights Critical for Africa’s Development

The Women and Environment Forum opened today with a strong call for improvement of women’s economic and social rights to enable them attain their full potential.

The forum which is a prelude to the commemoration of the Africa Environment and Wangari Maathai Day which will take place on March 3, with the theme, ‘Strengthening Women’s Right over Natural Resources.’

The forum, organized by the African Union, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will; raise awareness on sustainable environmental management; draw attention to the increasing environmental problems faced by Africa which are being exacerbated by climate change, desertification and demographic changes and encourage the development of appropriate policies and strategies at national and regional levels and to enhance environmental sustainability.

Rita Willaert

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