JOHANNESBURG - Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu on Wednesday called on the environmental sector to be inclusive and to promote the meaningful participation of women.
Sotyu was addressing more than 300 women attending the Women in Environment Conference in Boksburg.
“This means we need to start in earnest to mainstream gender in education, and at the same time, integrate environmental issues into school curricula, where young girls are encouraged and motivated to become scientists, in meteorology, biology and botanic studies,” Sotyu said.
The annual two-day conference brought women from across the country to deliberate on the role women can play in the environmental sector in South Africa, with a focus on climate change. The conference is convened under the theme: Women Leading 4 Climate Action.
“As women are generally the providers of food, water, and fuel for families, changes in the climate and environment impact mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters directly. This means, there is a direct relationship between gender equality, women’s empowerment and climate change,” Sotyu said.