More than 15 women gathered at the Tanoa Tusital Hotel board room on Friday for the Women in Climate Change Roundtable symposium.
First of its kind to be held in Samoa, the conference aims to increase women’s involvement in climate action and representation not only in Samoa and the region, but also in the international arena.
The dialogue is hosted by Conservation International, in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.).
In delivering her keynote address, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, says such dialogues are crucial in highlighting the important role women play in society, especially in the fight against climate change.
“It is often said that countries like Samoa do not contribute much to the cause of climate change, but we are in fact one of the most impacted countries, so that is our reality.”
“Climate change and gender are two crosscutting issues that are being dealt with by N.G.O’s, and other climate actors and it’s crosscutting because it impacts all sectors. And these crosscutting issues are what the Government of Samoa is focused on. It is also interesting to see these two cross cutting issues brought together for discussion.”
Fiame says it is also important that policies and frameworks reflect the needs of the local community and also involve the grassroots level.
Participants were from various organisations in Samoa, New Zealand and some islands in the region.