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Pakistani woman wins Gender Just Climate Solution Award

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Pakistani environmentalist Javed Hussain won the ‘Gender Just Climate Solution Award’ at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt. He is the first Pakistani to receive the award.

Hussain got the honor for the project titled “Advancing Labor Rights of Women Cotton Pickers in Pakistan”.

The ecologist is from Hala and has been actively working on the impact of the climate on women cotton pickers in Mitiari and other parts of Sindh province, which is one of the districts most affected by the floods. of the province.

A total of 259 organizations from 119 countries, including Pakistan, submitted their nominations for the awards, and only three were awarded at Monday’s ceremony.

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The Women and Gender Constituency of Women Engage for Common Future, a United Nations-affiliated organization, said in its press release that SCF uses a feminist participatory action research approach to support the demands of women agricultural workers.

“Located in the Mitiari district of Pakistan, the foundation has developed an innovative advocacy strategy linking social and climate justice,” he said. The “goals of the foundation are to strengthen climate adaptation measures, establish a training program for 100 women agricultural workers on climate awareness, climate justice and the protection of labor rights”, he said. He specifies.

After receiving the award, Hussain addressed the attendees and said, “It’s a first for our efforts to be recognized on a global platform. We still need support to achieve climate justice for women agricultural workers.”

Talk to The Express Grandstand from Egypt, Hussain said he was the first environmentalist from Pakistan to receive the award and said “this is a time of great celebration”.

“We need to work seriously on the impact of climate change and in particular take women into account,” Hussain stressed, adding that his organization had been struggling for many years to raise awareness among the masses in the fight against climate change.

According to the World Bank Group’s National Climate and Development Report (CCDR), Pakistan needs $348 billion over eight years – 800% more than the current annual budget – to stop climate-induced disasters. climate. Climate change, however, has the potential to wipe out a fifth of the economy if action is not taken now, according to a new report released by the World Bank.