UN Women helps to protect China’s rural women from the impacts of climate change

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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Author: UN Women China

Beijing, China — The world is facing a broad range of daunting challenges of climate change, including environmental degradation and depletion of water resources, which in turn exacerbate rural poverty and hurt the livelihoods of rural women. UN Women’s Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China report in 2016 found that women are more vulnerable than men to the adverse impacts of climate change.

Vice President of Qinghai Women’s Federation Dang Huiqiao, second from left, speaks at the project launch meeting. Photo: UN Women/Wang Qing
Vice President of Qinghai Women’s Federation Dang Huiqiao, second from left, speaks at the project launch meeting. Photo: UN Women/Wang Qing

On 3 September, UN Women launched the Qinghai Woman Farmers’ Income Security project in Xining Municipality of Qinghai Province in China. Also participating in the launch were representatives of International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CCAP), Qinghai Poverty Alleviation and Development Bureau, Qinghai Women’s Federation, Xining and Haidong municipalities, the local government in Minhe, Huangyuan and Huzhu Counties, and local communities.

The project aims to empower the women socially and economically and strengthen their ability to tackle climate challenges by using knowledge, skills, technology and financial resources. This includes enhancing agricultural productivity and the women’s participation in efforts to adapt to climate change.

This three-year poverty alleviation project is funded by UN Women in partnership with IFAD and is being implemented by CCAP. It covers seven pilot counties in Liupanshan in Qinghai and will benefit approximately 40,000 rural women. The project also will help to establish schools for local farmers and networks of female farmers in the counties.

Sun Yinhong, Programme Officer of IFAD, hosted the project launch ceremony, at which the partner institutions and local community representatives discussed the project’s development and action plan in detail.

Wang Qing, Programme Officer of UN Women, discussed the formulation and design of the project. Zhang Linxiu, Director of CCAP, gave details on operational support and project implementation. The representatives from local governments and villages discussed the needs of specific localities in tackling the negative impacts of climate change on agriculture and female farmers.

Qinghai Poverty Alleviation and Development Bureau and Qinghai Women’s Federation agreed to provide full support for implementation of the project.

For further information:

Please contact: Mingming Liu
UN Women China Office
Email: Mingming.liu@unwomen.org

 

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联合国妇女署“青海省农村妇女应对气候变化的经济赋权项目”正式启动

2018年9月3日 — 联合国妇女署“青海省农村妇女应对气候变化的经济赋权项目” 启动会在青海省西宁市召开。联合国妇女署、国际农业发展基金、中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所农业政策研究中心、青海省扶贫局、青海省妇联、西宁市和海东市扶贫局及妇联,民和县、湟源县和互助县县政府、扶贫、农业、妇联以及农村妇女代表出席了会议。

Vice President of Qinghai Women’s Federation Dang Huiqiao, second from left, speaks at the project launch meeting. Photo: UN Women/Wang Qing
青海省妇联副主席党惠巧女士(左二)发言

“青海省农村妇女应对气候变化的经济赋权项目”是由联合国妇女署资助,与国际农业发展基金合作,由中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所农业政策研究中心负责执行的农村妇女扶贫项目。项目为期三年,计划覆盖青海省六盘山区七个试点县,预计四万农村妇女将从中受益。

项目启动会由国际农业发展基金项目官员孙印洪先生主持,与会各方对项目的设计和工作计划进行了详细的讨论。联合国妇女署项目官员王青女士介绍了项目整体设计框架,中科院地理科学与资源研究所农业政策研究中心主任张林秀女士介绍了项目具体的工作计划和调研安排。

项目启动仪式合影
项目启动仪式合影

与会的两市三县领导干部和村民代表介绍了当地的具体情况和需求。青海省扶贫局和青海省妇联相关负责人对联合国妇女署这一项目落地青海表示非常欢迎,并将全力支持、配合项目的开展,为青海的农村妇女带来切实的帮助。 “青海省农村妇女应对气候变化的经济赋权项目”将会加强农村女性的社会及经济赋权,增强她们使用金融和经济资源的能力,使她们能够通过使用农业服务增加产量。同时,促进农民田间学校和农村妇女互助小组的建立,增强她们应对气候变化的能力,使越来越多的农村妇女过上富裕的生活。

媒体联络:
刘明明,mingming.liu@unwomen.org
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