Malawian young girls groomed on biodiversity conservation

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The country’s Green Girls Platform has emphasised the need for Malawi to have more young girls and women on biodiversity conservation.

The female moment will be key for international negotiation forums on climate change and biodiversity conservation for Malawi.

With funding from FRIDA, Green Girls Platform alongside National Youth Network on Climate Change (NYNCC) on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 mentored about 35 girls in the capital Lilongwe drawn from central region on “Young Women Climate Change Learning session on Biodiversity Conservation in Malawi”.

This was a starting point for green feminists movement to conserve the environment at large.

Green Girls Platform National Coordinator Joy Munthali told The Maravi Post that the session was paramount to invigorate passion among peers towards biodiversity conservation campaign in Malawi and beyond.

Munthali observes that youth in Malawi including young women and girls have tremendous potential towards contributing to socioeconomic development hence the need for mentor-ship on biodiversity conservation and climate change.

“While the nation continues to register increasing young women participation in different sectors of development, the climate change and environmental management sector has registered low participation. 

“This program aims to engage young women and girls in building communities that are resilient to environmental and climate change impacts through capacity development on local and international climate change and environmental related policies and frameworks, leadership skills development and also enhancement of their confidence to actively participate and demand gender responsive policies and representation at all levels of decision making.

She added, “In addition to their intellectual contribution and their ability to mobilize support and bring their unique perspectives that need to be taken into account.”.

Mphatso Kalemba, Principal Environmental officer responsible for Biodiversity expects vibrant green feminist movement to represent Malawi on international negotiation forums on biodiversity conservation.

Kalemba observes that there a few young women with biodiversity knowledge to advance on good policies.

Eveless Foster, one of girls mentored on biodiversity lauded the framers of the movement for giving her a chance to be part of the change.

Ngasimanya Ng’oma echoed on the same saying she is excited to be part of the movement for mindset change on biodiversity conservation.

The biodiversity learning session aimed at grooming young women to learn about the biological diversity status in Malawi and at a global level, the drivers of biodiversity loss, the policy issues in relation to climate change and the role of young women in biodiversity conservation.

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