Dubai, 29 Nov 2023 – In an effort to prioritise gender inclusivity in climate negotiations, the Minister for Women, Hon. Lynda Tabuya, has urged for the incorporation of gender-responsive language in Fiji’s text for the ongoing COP28 negotiations.
Minister Tabuya made this impassioned plea during a briefing attended by key government stakeholders.
Highlighting the importance of recognising the gender dimensions of climate change, Minister Tabuya emphasised the need for gender-sensitive language within the negotiation text.
Her advocacy aims to ensure that the impacts of climate change are addressed with a gender-inclusive lens, acknowledging the distinct vulnerabilities and roles of women and men in the face of climate-related challenges.
Minister Tabuya’s call aligns with international efforts to integrate gender perspectives into climate policies, reflecting the commitment of Fiji to inclusivity and equality.
The Minister stressed that integrating gender language into the negotiation text not only reflects the realities faced by women but also enhances the effectiveness of climate strategies by considering the unique needs and contributions of all genders.
The Minister for Women expressed her gratitude to the government stakeholders for their attentive collaboration and urged a collective effort to champion gender equality in the climate discourse.
She said this would align with Fiji’s broader commitment to the principles of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, which recognise the interconnectedness of gender equality and climate action.