International Women’s Day is a global day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while highlighting the problems they face in their day-to-day lives as well as in their professional environment. The day also marks a call for change and a call to action to accelerate gender parity.
This year, IWD highlights the importance of gender equality as a catalyst for a sustainable future, while recognizing the achievements and contributions of women and girls around the world who are leading the change on climate adaptation, mitigation and response to build a more sustainable future for all.
According to the United Nations, the issues of climate change and sustainability have had and will continue to have a severe impact on our environment, economic and social development. Statistics shows that women and girls experience the greatest impact of climate crisis which not only amplifies existing gender inequalities but also puts their lives and livelihoods at stake.
Eyes of a Lagos Boy dedicates IWD 2022 to the women living along the Lagos Lagoon, women living in settlements from Iwaya to Epe all face similar challenges. Water is life, trade, a source of food and livelihood. It is natural beauty, tradition and a source of eternal inspiration. At the same time the Lagoon is plagued by pollution, environmental disaster by plastic and water hyacinth and waterborne disease, leaving those in villages far behind. Ensuring access to public services: water, health and education – will only make a difference for the women in these communities if the environment is handled with care.
Gender equality and climate justice for all.