Today, on the occasion of the International Day Against Desertification and Drought, the global community rallies behind the theme “Her land. Her rights.” This year’s focus highlights the critical importance of ensuring women’s equal access to land and associated assets as a direct investment in their future and the future of humanity. The campaign emphasizes the need for women and girls to take a leading role in global land restoration and drought resilience efforts.
Recognizing the integral role women play in sustainable land management, the theme underscores the importance of gender equality in tackling the challenges of desertification and drought. Women often bear the brunt of these environmental crises, yet their knowledge, skills, and contributions to land restoration and resilience-building initiatives remain underutilized.
Investing in women’s equal access to land and associated assets brings about multiple benefits. It empowers women economically and socially, enhances food security, strengthens community resilience, and fosters sustainable development. By giving women the tools and resources they need to actively participate in land restoration efforts, societies can tap into a wealth of knowledge and innovative approaches that contribute to long-term environmental sustainability.
Efforts are being made on this International Day to highlight success stories and showcase the transformative power of gender-inclusive land management practices. By placing women and girls at the forefront of global land restoration and drought resilience efforts, the aim is to inspire further action and enable more equitable participation in decision-making processes.
The International Day Against Desertification and Drought serves as a reminder that gender equality and women’s rights are essential components of sustainable development. By championing women’s empowerment in land management, we foster a more inclusive and resilient future for all.
On this day, let us recognize the vital role of women and girls as agents of change in combating desertification and drought. By investing in their rights and leadership, we invest in a brighter and more sustainable tomorrow for ourselves and future generations.
Together, let us ensure that women have the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to contribute to land restoration efforts and build a more resilient world.