EVENT: PRISE at the Gender Summit – Africa: women’s empowerment in West Africa

Women’s empowerment is a fundamental dimension of climate change resilience strategies. As part of PRISE project 2 on “Migration, remittances, adaptation and resilience in arid and semi-arid regions of Senegal and Tajikistan”, the PRISE research team in Senegal developed a case study about pathways to the empowerment of women in Wendou Bosseabe village, in Senegal. The case study analysed the complex socio-economic and environmental context of Wendou Bosseabe village in the semi-arid area of Bakel. It also analysed what women’s empowerment means in Senegal, its positive impact in terms of addressing differentiated vulnerabilities, and how policy and decision-making players are reacting to these new social gender relations.

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences: Gender Summit – Africa

The Gender Summit is a platform for dialogue where scientists, policymakers, gender scholars and stakeholders working in scientific systems examine new research and evidence showing when, why, and how biological differences (sex) and socio-cultural differences (gender) between women and men impact on outcomes. The aim is to reach a consensus about the improvements to science knowledge and science practice that are needed and who should act to address gender inequalities.

This year the Gender Summit, organised by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, took place in Kigali, Rwanda, from March 19 to 20, on the theme of: “Climate Change through the Gender Lens: Focus on Africa”. At the event, PRISE member organisation IED Afrique shared its research evidence about the links between gender, climate change and women’s empowerment in Senegal and Burkina Faso.

Migration and women’s empowerment: lessons from West Africa

Represented by PRISE coordinator for Senegal and Burkina Faso, Dr Cheikh Tidiane Wade, IED Afrique participated in the share fair, with three posters presenting “voices” of empowerment of three women from Wendou Bosseabe village, in Bakel.

At the summit, Mamadou Dimé, PRISE project 2 team leader in Senegal said: “In Wendou Bosseabe, women stand out by their pluri-activity. They practice micro-gardening in the farming perimeter of the village, which was financed by migrant remittances. During the winter, women are busy growing peanuts, cowpeas and corn. Some women combine these activities with the processing of agricultural products, sheep and/ or cattle fattening and the practice of cross-border trade with nearby “Loumas” (local markets). Through this pluri-activity, the women of Wendou Bosseabe village have managed to mitigate food insecurity and to have regular monetary income – two elements that contribute effectively to their socio-economic empowerment.”

Another important element of the gender summit was the panel on “Social Equity and Empowerment of Women and Girls in Times of Climate and Environmental Change”.

Dr Cheikh Tidiane Wade shared the lessons that PRISE has learned about the gendered nature of vulnerability to climate change in Senegal and Burkina Faso, especially with regards to human mobility and migration, and the key role remittances play in the achieving gender equality in Wendou Bosseabe village.


Image: Participants at the Gender Summit – Africa