Zimbabwe Barometer 2013: Gender and climate change

Date: December 9, 2013
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Key points

  • The SADC Gender Protocol Alliance has embarked on a regional campaign to lobby and advocate for the adoption of an Addendum to the SADC Gender Protocol to address climate change and sustainable development. The Alliance has collected 1027 signatures from SADC countries in favour of the Addendum.
  • Zimbabwe has seen a decline in the quantity and quality of its natural resources due to uncontrolled deforestation, siltation and pollution.
  • Increasing periods of droughts and poor rains impact greatly on the country’s rain-fed agricultural sector. The majority of communal farmers are women and female-headed households are more prone to food insecurities due to dry spells.
  • The country has done well in phasing out ozone-depleting substances; Chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) were phased out in 2010 in line with the Montreal Protocol schedule and the country has set targets to phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030.
  • Gender, environment and climate change is one of the eight priority areas in Zimbabwe’s National Gender Policy (2013-2017).
  • About 86% of women in Zimbabwe depend on the land for livelihood and that of their families.

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