Kathmandu: A total of 25 women will be trekking to the Everest Base Camp for advocating for climate justice and to bring the impact of climate change on women to the mainstream.
They will reach Kalapathar located at an elevation of 5,644 meters in the Everest region on March 8, International Women’s Day. The event is organized by Sathsathai in association with the National Nature Conservation Fund (NTNC).
The event is being organized with the slogan ” Women United for Climate Justice”, aims to show the world the effects of climate change, especially in the Himalayan region, and to advocate for the justice of women who are facing serious difficulties due to climate change, said Chief of Sathsathai Prajita Karki.
Speaking at a press meet organized on Monday, Supreme Court Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla said that women are affected more by climate change, adding that she was always ready to advocate for climate justice and women empowerment.
Likewise, women rights activist Bandana Rana remarked that the issues of climate justice and plights of women impacted by climate change are yet to be brought to the fore. Rana, who is also a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) of the United Nations, stressed that solutions to the problem faced by women due to climate change should be sought in course of the event.
Environmentalist and conservationist Dr. Siddhartha Bajra Bajracharya said that the impact of climate change was comparatively greater in the Himalayan region and that the women of the region were the most affected by it.
NTNC Member Secretary Sharad Adhikary said that he was happy to be able to cooperate in the event on climate justice and women’s rights.
According to the organizers, discussions will be held in Namche during the 13-day trek to understand the condition of local women and a special program will be held in Kalapathar on March 8.