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Why African Women are Key to Address Climate Change and Food Security

March 8, 2022



The COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis has disproportionately affected women and girls, exacerbating barriers to participating in the economy and public life. In parallel, the world is facing a climate crisis. Women are increasingly being recognized as more vulnerable, as they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. These two crises demand bold solutions. But they also present an unprecedented opportunity to build back stronger, so that gains made in closing gender gaps can be sustained even throughout shocks and crises.

Join World Bank RVP Hafez Ghanem and climate changemakers Alda Salomao and Marie Christina Kolo for a discussion on how women can help accelerate action towards gender equality for green, resilient, and inclusive development.

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    Hafez Ghanem

    Regional Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa, World Bank.

    Hafez Ghanem, an Egyptian and French national, is the Regional Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa. A development expert with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Ghanem leads relations with 26 countries, and oversees over 280 projects totaling more than $49 billion.


    Alda Salomão

    General Director of TINDZILA Social Enterprise

    Alda Salomão, PhD, is an environmental lawyer, land governance specialist, and human rights activist. She is the founder and current General Director of TINDZILA Social Enterprise in Mozambique.


    Marie Christina Kolo

    founder of Green’N’Kool NGO

    Marie Christina Kolo is the eco-feminist founder of Green’N’Kool NGO, where she leads ecological initiatives and builds community, mostly with vulnerable women, in urban and rural areas of Madagascar.


  • Where: Online
  • When: Tuesday March 8, 2022
  • Time: 9am DC time
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