Climate change is the new danger confronting humanity and Africa is not immune to its disastrous consequences.

But what must we do?

Well, according to the African delegates at the climate change conference in Poland, Africa must unlock the power of its women and girls if it is to adapt to climate change, cope with disasters and build its green energy sector

Research shows that when women are involved in decision making, agreements on the environment are more likely to be ratified and projects around natural resources, such as water, are more likely to succeed.

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If given access to education and finance, African women can contribute to finding technological solutions and driving the continent’s renewable energy industry too.

“When you empower women in the context of climate change you empower a family, a community and a country,” says Dana Elhassan, senior gender expert at the African Development Bank, which allocates international funds to development projects.

“You cannot solve a problem with half the team. A lot of the unpaid work that women do, such as collecting firewood and water, and caring for the family, are massively affected by climate change - so we have to make sure adaptation initiatives address their needs, vulnerabilities and potential,” added Elhassan.

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