“Little Amal,” a 3.5-meter-high puppet, took to the stage at the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on Tuesday to raise awareness of gender equality in relation to the impact of climate change.
Her advocate was Samoan climate change activist Brianna Frouen, who reminded the audience that women and girls are often the people who face the “brunt” of the impact of the crisis.
“This is why we are here today,” Frouan said on Gender Day of the summit, “to work and fight so that all little girls inherit the world they deserve to lay the foundation for the growth of change.”
The puppet Little Amal, depicting a young Syrian girl, has walked 8,000 km across Europe to draw attention to the plight of refugee girls.
COP26 President Alok Sharma said that “gender and climate are deeply intertwined,” adding that women and girls suffer “disproportionately.”
Providing their education will be critical to empowering girls and preparing them “for the fight against the climate”, he said, as at least four million girls will not complete their education this year due to the Malala Foundation, he said. climate crises.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, called the climate crisis “a threat multiplier that exacerbates and exacerbates existing inequalities in our economy and society.”
“Addressing a rapidly changing climate is a matter of justice and equity,” as 80% of people displaced by climate change are women, Pelosi said.