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Poor Women's Voices Still Missing From UN Climate Talks

Rural women are hugely knowledgeable about climate change - but that expertise isn't making it into the negotiations.

"You will never find a man in the bush," quipped Agnes Leina Ntikaampi, founder and head of Il'laramatak Community Concerns, a local group working with herder communities in northern Kenya. In her region, it is pastoralist women who are affected most by climate pressures, she explained.

When drought hits the rangelands, it is women who head out in search of "anything green" to feed the calves. It is they who nurture people and animals - and who are the "knowledge-holders", she said.

Rita Willaert

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