You can read the full statement on International’s website Zonta.org but the following lists the five areas of challenge to membership.
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL’S STATEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
A Gender Equality Issue
While Zonta International is not an environmental or disaster response organization, climate change disproportionately affects women and girls and action is needed from a gender equality perspective.
It calls on its Membership to:
– increase their own awareness of climate change and on its gender-related consequences and raise awareness locally;
– include gendered climate change advocacy actions in their advocacy plans;
– support the inclusion of women at the national and local tables of decision-makers on environmental sustainability;
– promote girls’ education and the inclusion of climate literacy in schools as well as to promote girls’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies to increase gendered scientific and technical contributions to climate change mitigation;
– advocate for national policies that take into account women’s economic opportunities and ensures their full and equal participation in the economy.
Are we up to the challenge!