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XIVe SOMMET DE LA FRANCOPHONIE/ENVIRONNEMENT ET DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE

Comme je vous l'avais informé, en prélude du XIVe sommet de la franconphonie, les femmes de la partie orientale de la RDC avaient échangé autour des certains s/thèmes qui se rapportaient au thème central de ces assises. Le Ier s/thème avait trait à la problématique liée à l'Education et instruction de la femme. Nous nous sommes constituées en carrefours selon chaque s/thème, conformément aux exposés.
A cet effet, le second exposé était intitulé : ENVIRONNEMENT ET DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE,

I. CHANGEMENTS CLIMATIQUES : Ses impacts sur la vie des femmes.

Plusieurs impacts ont été décelés, par rapport à la vie des femmes, notamment, la carence en eau potable, la sous-production agricole, les épidémies, etc...
2. DEFINITION DES CONCEPTS :

-Environnement ? Développement Durable ?
L'environnement a été défini comme un ensemble des élements biotiques et abiotiques, lesquels nous aident à contribuer à nos besoins. Exemple : l'eau, la forêt, les animaux, etc
Nous avons relevé ensemble comment tous ces élements vivent en intéraction.
Notons que la RDC, grâce à ses multiples potentialités, constitue un secteur modèle de l'Environnement.
Avec les forêts du bassin du Congo, la RDC fait partie des principaux poumons de notre planète.
3. LE DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE :

Les femmes ont été informées que le développement durable signifie tout simplement : un moyen de satisfaire les besoins des populations les plus démunis mais sans mettre en péril, ou sans compromettre lesdites ressources, en faveur des générations futures.
4.L'ECONOMIE DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT :
C'est produire plus, sans detruire l'Environnement.
Ici, l'interpellation des femmes agricultrices a été faite, en ce qui concerne les feux de brousses et leurs impacts, le non respect des méthode"s culturales.
5.LES GRANDES MENACES DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT

Plusieurs menaces dont parmi nous citons : -La pollution sous toutes ses formes qui est à la base de plusieurs problèmes de développement.
6.CONSEQUENCES

-Les changements climatiques,
l'épuisement des ressources naturelles,lequel a des impacts négatifs sur la vie des femmes et des populations mondiales.
-90% des populations rurales en RDC dépendent des ressources naturelles.
-75% des populations congolaises vivent d'extrêmes conditions de pauvrété. Ce sont surtout les femmes et les enfants qui sont les plus vulnérables.
68% de femmes travaillent dans le secteur agricole. Ce sont les femmes qui cueillent les produits, cherchent les bois, y compris plusieurs cueillette des produits et menus produits forestiers.Malhereusement, elles n'ont pas accès à la terre.
Elles vendent les produits issus des forêts,, elles dispersent les semences. Pire encore, elle n'hérite pas la terre.Elles ne sont pas associées à la prise des décisions forestières.
D'autre part, il faut qu'elles accèdent aux marchés, ainsi, leurs conditions seront améliorées.
Plusieurs actions de plaidoyers sont à envisager pour cette fin.

English translation by PulseWire member Nita

Fourteenth FRANCOPHONIE SUMMIT / ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
As I had earlier informed you at the beginning of the fourteenth summit of French Speaking Countries {franconphonie}, women of the eastern part of the DRC had exchanged ideas on some sub topics relating to the central theme of these meetings. The first sub theme dealt with the problems relating to the education and training of the woman. We formed intersections according to each sub theme and the presentations.
To this effect, the second presentation was titled: Environment and Sustainable Development
I. CLIMATIC CHANGES: Its impact on women's lives.
Several impacts were identified in relation to the lives of women, including the lack of drinkable water, agricultural under-production, epidemics, etc ...
2. DEFINITION OF CONCEPTS:
-Environment? Sustainable Development?
The environment has been defined as a set of organic and inorganic elements, which help us to contribute to our needs. Example: water, forest, animals, etc.
We all noted how all these elements live in interaction.
Let us bear in mind that the DRC, thanks to its multiple potentials, constitute a model of the environment.
With the forests of the Congo Basin, the DRC is one of the main pillars of our planet.
3. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
Women were informed that sustainable development simply means: a way to satisfy the needs of the poorest populations but without jeopardizing or compromising such resources, for future generations.
4. The ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS:
Is to increase production without destroying the environment.
Here, allusion was made to women farmers concerning bush fires and their impacts, the non respect of cultural methods
5. MAJOR THREATS TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Several threats amongst which we cite:- Pollution in all its forms, is the base of many development problems.
6. CONSEQUENCES
-Climatic changes
Exhaustion of natural resources, which has negative impacts on the lives of the women and world populations.
-90% of the rural population in the DRC depends on natural resources.
75% of the Congolese population lives in abject poverty. Women and children are the most vulnerable.
68% of women work in the agricultural sector. There are the women who harvest products, look for wood, including several picking of forestry products .unfortunately; they do not have access to land.
They sell forest products, they plant the seeds. Worse of all, she does not inherit the land. They don’t participate in taking forestry decisions.
On the other hand, they need access to markets and their conditions would be improved.
Several actions would be envisaged for this purpose.

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Nita's picture

merci

Bonjour Mme Madeleine
Merci pour votre contribution.

NITA

Nita's picture

Translation

Fourteenth FRANCOPHONIE SUMMIT / ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
As I had earlier informed you at the beginning of the fourteenth summit of French Speaking Countries {franconphonie}, women of the eastern part of the DRC had exchanged ideas on some sub topics relating to the central theme of these meetings. The first sub theme dealt with the problems relating to the education and training of the woman. We formed intersections according to each sub theme and the presentations.
To this effect, the second presentation was titled: Environment and Sustainable Development
I. CLIMATIC CHANGES: Its impact on women's lives.
Several impacts were identified in relation to the lives of women, including the lack of drinkable water, agricultural under-production, epidemics, etc ...
2. DEFINITION OF CONCEPTS:
-Environment? Sustainable Development?
The environment has been defined as a set of organic and inorganic elements, which help us to contribute to our needs. Example: water, forest, animals, etc.
We all noted how all these elements live in interaction.
Let us bear in mind that the DRC, thanks to its multiple potentials, constitute a model of the environment.
With the forests of the Congo Basin, the DRC is one of the main pillars of our planet.
3. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
Women were informed that sustainable development simply means: a way to satisfy the needs of the poorest populations but without jeopardizing or compromising such resources, for future generations.
4. The ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS:
Is to increase production without destroying the environment.
Here, allusion was made to women farmers concerning bush fires and their impacts, the non respect of cultural methods
5. MAJOR THREATS TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Several threats amongst which we cite:- Pollution in all its forms, is the base of many development problems.
6. CONSEQUENCES
-Climatic changes
Exhaustion of natural resources, which has negative impacts on the lives of the women and world populations.
-90% of the rural population in the DRC depends on natural resources.
75% of the Congolese population lives in abject poverty. Women and children are the most vulnerable.
68% of women work in the agricultural sector. There are the women who harvest products, look for wood, including several picking of forestry products .unfortunately; they do not have access to land.
They sell forest products, they plant the seeds. Worse of all, she does not inherit the land. They don’t participate in taking forestry decisions.
On the other hand, they need access to markets and their conditions would be improved.
Several actions would be envisaged for this purpose.

NITA

bewa's picture

Equality & Bravery

Dear Mme Madeleine, thank you for sharing this important posting. It is heartening to know that women are coming together to discuss these issues and challenges, and ask these questions. The environment and climate are increasingly becoming critical issues. Especially for women. Your point about women not having access or rights to land and aren't able to participate in decision-making. It makes me think about equality and hurts my heart... Why are women, givers of life, treated this way? What can we do? We are all valuable worthy human beings. How can men and women come together and be partners? You are very brave for taking on these issues despite all of the difficulties. You have my admiration and support.

irmia's picture

Thank you for sharing this information

It becomes worldwide problem, that woman's contribution to life is mostly forgotten. You have such a good data, and you should use it for your advocacy.

I'm with you sister. Keep on fighting!

Mia

jacquesato's picture

Congratulations for your efforts!!

Madeleine, the environment is being savaged worldwide. Involving women in protecting the environment will help societies develop the sense of responsibility needed to maintain a good balance between humans and the earth’s resources,

Experts on the theme of the gender perspective in environmental management and disaster mitigation say women need to participate at the national level and get their countries to empower women in regions unable to afford protection activities. They must encourage democratization and discourage the economic oppression that led to massive population movements degrading the environment. They must mobilize to reverse the poverty which excluded the poor from protecting the environment because limited knowledge and technical ability prevented them from addressing problems.

Investing in women for roles in environmental risk management is not only beneficial, but profitable. Priorities must be to develop human resources, change laws, address food security and slow population increases.

Keep up the good work!!! I congratulate you for your efforts to raise awareness among women in your country about environmental issues.

Jacqueline

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