Youth for Environmental Sustainability and Development (YESD) a youth-led non-governmental organization has launched an awareness campaign in a bid to educate stakeholders on gender intersection with climate change in extractive communities in Jos, Plateau State.
Speaking during a workshop to mark the celebration of the World Environment Day, Executive Director, YESD, Mrs. Adesuwa James Jang said “The meeting was to raise awareness of the destructive tin mining activities and Environmental Health hazards associated with the abandoned mining pits littered around Jos, Plateau State.
According to her, this program was imperative given the challenges that women and young people face in these mining communities and the need to build their knowledge and capacity to effectively respond to these environmental crises. It is also in furtherance of the theme of this year’s World Environment Day which is centered on a man living sustainably in harmony with Nature.
This training targeted 250 selected stakeholders from Chugwi Vwan (Vom) mining community in Jos and the participants were drawn from community heads, Miners Association, Ministry of Mines, Women miners, and Smallholder Farmers.
The project benefited directly 500 women in attendance and 50,000 indirect dwellers in Chugwi Vwan (Vom) of Jos, Plateau State. The workshop built their knowledge on environmental degrading activities, and their contribution to climate change, and advances an intersectional analysis of the rights of women in mining communities by focusing on the multiple forms of human rights violations against women and girls.