Women's Tribunal:  Gender and Climate Justice: Zambia
Date:  October 16 2011
Location:  Choma, Chongwe and Chibombo
Organizers:  African Women's Economic & Political Network
Contact:  Dennis Nyati -

“Governments must establish gender sensitive benchmarks and indicators, as well as practical tools to ensure that women are integral to their policies and action plans on climate change.”

Update November 10, 2011

Zambia conducted its hearings yesterday. The jury was made up of personnels from the Ministry of Local Government, Environment Protection and Early Childhood and other identified institutions within the local government.

There were women from Southern Province in Choma, Chongwe and Lusaka districts and provinces respectively. The tribunal was followed by a media briefing where GCAP Zambia released a press statement to run off the event.

Details of the women are as follows:
Jenipher Handoondo- Southern province, Choma district
Rosemary Hambula- Southern province, Choma district
Doreen Mwanza - Lusaka Province Chongwe district.
Paxina Phiri     - Lusaka Province, Lusaka district

The Judges were also made up of officials from UNDP Zambia country office and government under the ministry of Local government, Housing, and Early Childhood Education and Environmental protection.

In the rural areas of Zambia, communities are highly dependent on biomass for their energy and livelihoods. However in the face of climate change, their ability to procure this indispensable resource is reduced. The declining biodiversity does not only cripple the material welfare and livelihood of people, it also cripples access to security, resilience, social relations, health and freedom of choices and action.
Interventions to cope with these changes among women in Zambia include water management and growing of crops that are drought and flood tolerant, such as rice grown in the Zambezi plains. The Women’s Hearing in Zambia will be held on Sunday, 16 October and focus on identifying women’s solutions to climate change in Choma, Chongwe and Chibombo districts. It will aim to bring the innovations that women are leading in their communities to the attention of the Zambian government.

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