Expo 2020 highlights women’s role in the battle to save the planet

Expo’s Women’s Pavilion hosted an event this week to discuss environmental issues, emphasizing women’s crucial role in the development of a sustainable and ecological future.


The event was held on Monday, October 4, as part of Climate and Biodiversity Week at Expo 2020 Dubai. The Women’s Pavilion hosted a Women’s World Majlis on ‘The First Defenders of Mother Nature: Women Leading the Fight to Save Our Planet’. It was moderated by Dr Nawal Al Hosany, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


“This event is the first of its kind, and Expo 2020 Dubai has provided a platform to discuss pioneering initiatives to save Mother Nature because only if the international community unites and collaborates will we be able to build a better future,” said Al Hosany.


Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, also addressed the gathering, and praised the UAE for its support on women’s issues.


Speaking at the session, Christiana Figueres – Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – said if the world does not prioritise climate change in the next few years, “we will perish, lose many living creatures, and face greater problems than we see today.” She added that women’s participation in saving nature was not optional, as the world cannot afford to lose so much of its capability in fighting climate change.


Research has shown that women are the greener gender. A 2019 study by the Climate Institute in the US reported that on average, women in many countries have a 20 per cent smaller carbon footprint than men, and that countries with female political leaders tend to have lower carbon emissions per capita. It also found that women were generally more knowledgeable on topics such as biodiversity and climate awareness, with a greater knowledge of endangered species. Yet women are also overlooked when it comes to these concerns, with low numbers working as climate researchers, and also in environmental governance.


Natasha Pilides, Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry, Cyprus, stressed that Expo 2020 Dubai is changing the traditional ideas that led us to undesirable results, making us adopt and accept new solutions that keep pace with current problems. She added that Expo 2020 Dubai gave us the opportunity to meet and discuss these issues, as dialogue is the fuel for change.