Abidjan, May 11th, 2022 (CPA).- The President of the « Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi Foundation » (FDNT) participates in the second edition of the Gender Caucus in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on the sidelines of the 15th Conference of Parties in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (COP15) opened since May 9 and will close on May 20th, 2022. According to a press release from this Foundation, which reached the CPA on Tuesday, this forum under the theme « Earth, life: Heritage from a precarious world towards a prosperous future », was chaired by the First Lady of the Côte d’ Ivory, Dominique Ouattara. Several other high personalities took part, including the First Lady of the DRC, Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi. This high-level meeting aims to draw the attention of decision-makers to the harmful impacts of drought, land degradation, and desertification on gender, the source said, adding that leading actors in the field of agriculture, women are the first to suffer the harmful consequences of desertification.
Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi supports the fight of rural women
For Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, the struggle of (rural) women is the same in Africa. Women represent half of the agricultural workforce and hold only 18% of land titles in sub-Saharan Africa. This meeting is an opportunity to conduct advocacy with decision-makers so that this woman receives support. Poverty, which has a much more feminine face, must be fought methodically and with the support of the public authorities. This work will lead to an « Abidjan Declaration » certainly inviting the United Nations and the governments of the countries of the world to integrate the gender dimension in this fight against desertification, it is said.