At UN, Pakistan stresses women’s inclusion in decision-making processes for effective climate action

UNITED NATIONS, Highlighting the world’s “monumental challenges” of ‘gender parity’ and ‘climate change’, Pakistan told the United Nations Monday that Islamabad’s climate policies recognize women’s disadvantages and how they have to be facilitated in their productive, reproductive and care giving roles.

“Climate change is one of the defining issues of our times,” Nilofar Bakhtiar, the Pakistani delegate to the 66th Session of Commission on Status of Women (CSW),

said, adding that the phenomenon affects all states, peoples and communities.

“Our climate policies are paying attention to the plight of women and gender differentials that emerge from climate change and the vastly different experiences men and women have as workers, breadwinners, caregivers, patients and parents through climate-induced stress, she added.

The Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The priority theme for this year’s deliberations is, ‘Climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies, and programmes: advancing gender equality through holistic and integrated actions from global to local”.

Ms. Bakhtiar, who is the chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), also said that Pakistani women were playing a role in all walks of life.