Youth for Environmental Sustainability and Development (YESD) a youth-led non-governmental organization has launched an awareness campaign in a bid to educate stakeholders on gender intersection with climate change in extractive communities in Jos, Plateau State.

Speaking during a workshop to mark the celebration of the World Environment Day, Executive Director, YESD, Mrs. Adesuwa James Jang said “The meeting was to raise awareness of the destructive tin mining activities and Environmental Health hazards associated with the abandoned mining pits littered around Jos, Plateau State.

According to her, this program was imperative given the challenges that women and young people face in these mining communities and the need to build their knowledge and capacity to effectively respond to these environmental crises. It is also in furtherance of the theme of this year’s World Environment Day which is centered on a man living sustainably in harmony with Nature.

“This training targeted 250 selected stakeholders from Chugwi Vwan (Vom) mining community in Jos and the participants were drawn from community heads, Miners Association, Ministry of Mines, Women miners, and Smallholder Farmers.

“The project benefited directly 500 women in attendance and 50,000 indirect dwellers in Chugwi Vwan (Vom) of Jos, Plateau State. The workshop built their knowledge on environmental degrading activities, and their contribution to climate change, and advances an intersectional analysis of the rights of women in mining communities by focusing on the multiple forms of human rights violations against women and girls.

“Through this project, YESD initiated a multi-stakeholder (Government officials from the Ministry of Mines, Women in Mining cooperatives, community heads, community women association, faith-based and community-based organizations, and farmers) dialogue to develop a community-based adaptation strategy for the mining communities in Vom Jos, Nigeria.

“The main objectives of this program improving gender equality through the adoption of local knowledge on climate change mitigation practices; Enhancing adaptation and preparedness of the vulnerable communities of the area by increasing their knowledge of climate-smart practices and creating awareness of the environmental health impacts of mining on women and girls.

“The day was uniquely set aside to commemorate the environment. Over the years, man’s anthropogenic activities have devastated the environment at a higher level with no recourse for the survival of our planet. She said not only has this caused problems but has disrupted the ecosystem balance and rendered our planet unfit for habitation.

In his remark, the guest lecturer for the day, Mr. Philip Theophilus Nomsu enlightened the women on the dangers of mining to their health and environment while also urging them to share their experiences and challenges with YESD and the government officials present.

On her part, Mrs. Magret Ahmed the second speaker took the participants through the gender dimension of the theme of the event and also encouraged the women to embrace sustainable alternative livelihood activities like organic farming, briquette making, and marketing skills that will help increase their income thereby helping them to quit the mining industry.

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