Uruguay and Cuba Specialists Receive Training on Gender and Climate Change

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The workshops sought to raise awareness of climate change and gender , both articulate issues and exchange best practices . ( Media credit: Jorge Luis Baños / IPS)

A seminar convened in Montevideo professionals from different fields of science and communication.

HAVANA (IPS) – Knowledge of droughts, floods and climate change and how these phenomena impact differently for men and women, were discussed at two workshops for journalists and meteorologists in Montevideo, with the participation of Cuban institutions.

The first seminar “Gender and Climate Change: Awareness, Training and Exchange” was held on 27 and 28 August. This involved more than 40 operators (meteorologists, emergency service personnel, local technicians and professionals from different areas).

While the second, held on August 29 under the name “Climate Change and Gender: On the one responsible communication”, took place at the headquarters of the Uruguayan Press Association attended by 40 journalists.

In general, the training sought to raise awareness of climate change and gender, both articulate issues and exchange best practices, lessons learned and tools to provide an appropriate treatment of both problems.

Historical disadvantages, their limited access to resources and the low level of participation was analyzed how the decision-making for highly vulnerable to the effects of adverse events including droughts and floods women, and climate change.

Revised they are responsible for care for its historic role in the sexual division of labor and therefore should also be protagonists in prevention policies and sustainability solutions for life.

With this approach, it was emphasized that women’s contribution is also needed in the development of any prevention strategy.

“It is clear that climate change issues are linked to the impacts on populations and especially the most vulnerable,” he said at the opening of the first workshop, on August 27, Raquel Lejtrege, undersecretary of the Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment.

In his view, “by diagnosing and exchange of experiences in this encounter we may develop protocols and policies that will work on prevention and more effective recovery from the aftermath of events due to climate change.”

For her part, the director of the National Institute for Women (Inmujeres), Beatriz Ramirez, spoke of the importance of designing specific public policies so that they can take preventive measures before a disaster situation.

Organized by the Ministry of Housing, Planning and the Environment together with the Women’s Institute, the meeting was attended by two Cuban experts of the State Institute of Meteorology (INSMET) under the Ministry -cubano- of Science, Technology and the environment.

Miriam Therese Llanes, second head of the Forecast Center INSMET, shared with the audience the Cuban experiences in facing disasters of meteorological origin, while Virgin Charity Cutie, specialist of the center, spoke about the early warning system of drought in Cuba.

Among the topics discussed, responsible communication and journalism ethics and the international debate on climate change and development alternatives included. A guide for responsible disasters and catastrophes, prepared by the Public Defender’s coverage of Argentina was presented.

Local experts also discussed the position of Uruguay adaptation to climate change at the regional and international context.

Also participating were the Communication Center Virginia Woolf (Daily Women), with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Uruguay and the International News Agency IPS-Inter Press Service. For Uruguay, the National Emergency System of the Presidency of the Republic and the National Response System to Climate Change joined.

According to reports, he was part of the “Perspectives on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in South America”​​, agreed in 2005 by 168  delegations and promoted by the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction.

This program aims to reduce disaster risks through more involvement of civil society and the articulation of local, national and international levels.  First Vision, developed and promoted the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction.


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