On March 1, 2012, an interactive panel discussion entitled “Civil society participation in the sustainable development debate: Making Rio +20 count for rural women” took place at 56th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Caroline Daly from the YWCA-YMCA of Sweden, was one of the speakers of the panel and delivered a strong call to mobilize young women in the climate change debate as a force in responding to issues related and in the lead up to Rio+ 20.
Co sponsored by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the World YWCA and Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO), the side event intended to review the role played by rural women in sustainable development and poverty eradication, from the local to the international level, and critically examined the impact of the current development model on rural women’s participation in global decision-making, particularly as it relates to shaping and implementing the anticipated outcomes of Rio+ 20. Case studies of the work done by rural women were shared as a means to examine the daily challenges women face with regard to property rights, food security, feminisation of poverty, inheritance and violence.
Representing the voice of young women, Caroline Daly, Project Manager at the YWCA-YMCA of Sweden, started her presentation with a powerful quote from Winnie Asiti-Khaemba (African Youth Initiative on Climate Change Kenya): “You don’t get what you deserve; you get what your fight and negotiate for”. Caroline Daly spoke on the most pressing issues concerning young women, how and why it is important to mobilize the youth as a force to respond to issues relating to climate justice. Caroline Daly suggested a number of recommendations to ensure participation of young women in processes relating to sustainable development and climate change.