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Gender Equality in a Planetary Emergency
24th November 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. They are also leading the way as the most active and effective agents and campaigners of action against the environmental challenges we all face.
To prevent, adapt and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss, it is essential that everyone is represented at the decision-making table. Join us in this live event with Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of Freetown Sierra Leone, and Professor Anjali Goswami, Research Leader in Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum. Together they will discuss the need for centring gender equality in global climate responses, reflect on the progress made in COP26 and explain why elevating women’s rights may be the single greatest action to tackle the planetary emergency.
About the speakers
Yvonne-Aki Sawyerr OBE is the currently sitting Mayor of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. As part of the “Transform Freetown” initiative that she introduced, the city council is committed to planting one million trees by the end of 2022, increasing vegetation in the capital by 50 percent, and in turn boosting biodiversity and contributing to the global bid for carbon sequestration. In April 2021, she was elected Vice Chair of the C40 Steering Committee, the governing body providing strategic direction for the global network of 97 cities committed to addressing the climate crisis. She has also campaigned against the trade in conflict diamonds during the civil war in Sierra Leone and cofounded Sierra Leone War Trust, a charity that has supported disadvantaged children for 20 years.
Professor Anjali Goswami is an internationally-renowned comparative biologist, and is the Dean of Postgraduate Education and Research Leader in Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum. In addition to her outstanding academic record and profile as a spokesperson for the science of natural history, she has a wealth of experience and passion for promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM subjects. In addition to her roles at the Museum, she is also an Honorary Professor in Palaeobiology in the Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment at University College London, and Trustee and Vice-President of the Linnean Society of London.