8 March, 2022 – Every year on 8 March, the world marks International Women’s Day to highlight the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. This year’s theme ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ aims to recognize the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the way on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response, to build a healthier and more equal and sustainable future for all.
WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, noted the critical link between gender, climate and health and the essential contribution of women in making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a reality, especially in light of global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. “Our regional Vision 2023 – Health for All by All – calls for inclusive and collaborative action by all to make progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and without the robust participation of women in economic, political, and public spheres, the world will fall far short of meeting its targets,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari.
Climate crisis and gender inequality are two core issues at the heart of the SDGs. And yet we witness women