Five African women are part of the third annual list of climate leaders the Global Landscapes Forum announces on International Women’s Day.
BONN, GERMANY – On the United Nations’ International Women’s Day 2022 (March 8), the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is honoring 16 women who are making significant impacts on stopping runaway climate change through science, finance, policymaking, art, activism, Indigenous rights, and more.
The outstanding contributions of these women, who span more than two generations and five continents, have led to higher commitments in international climate treaty negotiations, increased public awareness and activism, the rise of climate finance, the growing reach of science, and on-the-ground conservation and restoration across the globe.
The third annual ’16 Women Restoring the Earth’ campaign encourages recognition of women in a world in which women are under-represented in science and technology – and are especially vulnerable to climate change and environmental distress.(1)
Each of the leaders has been an active participant in the Global Landscapes Forum’s work and mission over the past year. ’16 Women Restoring the Earth’ aligns with this year’s Women’s Day theme: ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’.
The campaign will feature unique bios, quotes, photos, and stories from five African women:
- “The artist”, Fatoumata Diawara (Mali): singer-songwriter, actress, and artist
- “The protector”, Houria Djoudi (Algeria): senior scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR-ICRAF)
- “The financier”, Mariem Dkhil (Morocco): sustainable finance specialist at Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc
- “The mobilizer”, Musonda Mumba (Zambia): director of the Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- “The transformer”, Ndidi Nwuneli (Nigeria): serial entrepreneur and transformer of African food supply chains
“I owe everything to trees and the forests, as did my ancestors, who would never have survived their harsh mountainous environments without trees… I think even though we scientifically know a lot about trees, we do not yet grasp their full mystery.” – Houria Djoudi
“A degraded earth equals unhealthy humans – it’s our reconnecting to these ecosystems that matters so much for me… I don’t believe in the philosophy of self-made, because one does not exist nor grow in a vacuum. I believe strongly in the power of community.” – Musonda Mumba
Get to know the ’16 Women Restoring the Earth’ and get inspired by them: bit.ly/16Women2022