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Gender and Climate Change Concerns

Hello GWSF Friends,

I am presently in Poland taking part in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 14) from the 1-12 December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, It is very clear that Climate Change has more impact on women than men.

Many women across the world do not see the relationship between Gender and Climate Change issues. But I tell you spending 6 days here in Poland from the 30 November till today the 5th of December has made things very clear to me and most of the participants at the Gender Justice Conference held today at Mercure Hotel in Poznan Poland.

Under GWSF we shall be creating a special group for Women and Climate Change issues so that by (COP 15) that will take place in Copenhagen December 2009, we should have used this forum to create more awareness and raise a wider voice, as concerns women and climate change issues world wide.

Our friends from the US, under the President George W. Bush regime the US refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Please search and find out about the US Kyoto protocol situation and with the new Goverment of President Elect Barrack Obama and your Senators, Mayors and all decision makers we can use this as a platform to influence some of these decisions that really impact on women adding to the already existng burden of lack of access to clean/safe water, adequate sanitation, better maternal health and all.

Women can be a very powerful agents of change if our voices are united,

I shall therefore between now and the end of the COP 14 send you information about what Gender and Climate Change Network, who invited me here and other women groups like the US based WEDO, organisations like IUCN and all are doing about these issues. You can also do your bit,

I have put some of these abbreviations here on purpose. Please try and find these things out and learn more.

We need your voice.

Unite for the Change, a Change for a Better Climate Regime !!!

Rosemary

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