The unheard voices at every COP meeting

By Netani Rika

Across the world, advocates press for the voices of women to be heard at COP26 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

For after decades of talks on climate change and despite the fact that the economies of many developing countries are borne by women, their voices remain unheard.

In the Pacific, as sea levels rise, communities relocate, salt water intrudes into drinking sources and firewood becomes scarce, it is the women who stand on the frontline.

They must travel further to collect water and firewood, their food gathering and planting skills must change, and when men react violently in anger or frustration . . .

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