By DESIRE LORDSON RADIO NIGERIA-TREASURE FM
The 2023 Africa Women Climate Assembly in Lagos, recorded its second day today with over one hundred women from the African Continent in attendance.
In one of the sessions, a Bukina Faso Climate activist residing in Senegal, Oumou Koulibaly of WoMin African Alliance, explained that the Conference of the Parties, COP; attended by the Countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change, UNFCCC; which should be fighting for Climate justice, is made up of Government officials who may not want to fight against their interests as collaborators with the Multinational that involve in the exploration of oil.
Oumou Koulibaly said in view of that, African Women formed the Counter-COP movement to raise a voice amongst sincere African women for Climate Justice in Africa.
She encouraged the women to rise up to the “Counter-COP” agenda and work to achieve the Climate Justice which COP could not achieve, for over twenty seven years.
The women, mostly from West and Central Africa, decried the inaccessible nature of the “COP” to the common man and expressed preparedness to unite with the Counter-COP pursuit of the Africa Women Climate Assembly for Climate Justice.
One of the Organizers of the event, Director Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, Emem Okon also wants women to be at the fore-front of the fight for Climate Justice.
The five days Women Climate Assembly which began on Sunday, 24th of September, will continue till Thursday the twenty eighth of September.
The Conference seeks to interact with women from various African communities on the hazards they suffer from Climate change and propose possible ways of mitigation.