Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Gender and the Environment: African Perspectives

Event Details

Gender and the Environment: African Perspectives
A Conversation among African Human Rights Advocates
October 18, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
208 Knox Hall (606 W. 122nd St.)

The Institute of African Studies and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights presents a discussion on the intersection of gender roles and Africa's changing natural environment between two members of this year's Human Rights Advocates Program. Exploring the myriad ways in which climate change compounds issues of gender disparity, the panel will present cases from Cameroon and the Congo in an effort to spark a discussion on the relationship between gender, the environment, and human rights. Lunch will be served.

Presenters include:

Advocacy Officer, Lelewal Foundation
Women's Coordinator and Women's Wing President, MBOSCUDA
Yaounde, Cameroon
Aehshatou devotes her time to both the Lelewal Foundation and MBOSCUDA, both indigenous peoples' organizations working to improve the quality of life for indigenous peoples of Cameroon. Her areas of expertise are women's and girls' rights, environmental issues (especially climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies related to REDD+), the economic empowerment of women, and girl child education. She participated in the FIMI Global Leadership School of Indigenous Women and attended the United Nations Permanent Forum in 2014. She earned a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Yaounde.

Director, Justice Pour Tous
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Over the course of his years at Justice Pour Tous, Raoul has developed expertise in investigating natural resource exploitation. With his colleagues at Justice Pour Tous, Raoul highlights the limitations of the Congolese mining code by talking to the local press, delivering speeches, and performing sketches. This kind of work helps local people to understand their legal rights and which new laws are needed to end their exploitation. He has published several papers and research reports and spoken at several international conferences about the relationship between mining armed conflict and human rights abuses in eastern DRC.