Women, water and technology: empowering women to combat climate change


Dr Kanyoro with Jennifer Buffett and Hilary Clinton. Source: Miss A

My interview with Dr Musimbi Kanyoro

Earlier this year, I interviewed Dr Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of The Global Fund for Women, in what was one of the most incredible conversations I’ve ever had.

She was in Adelaide to speak about how empowering women in the developing world, even by simply providing them with clean water and basic technologies such as mobile phones, can help in the battle against climate change, global inequality and sustainable development. The name of her event was “Women, Water and Technology: Solutions and Stories“.

Apart from climate change, she spoke about the power of telling stories of women’s success, not just getting bogged down on what troubles and problems they face, a role the media can participate in.

The media also have a duty, she said, on drawing the dots together in the overall picture when it comes to sexual inequality worldwide, like they did in the story of Ziauddin Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for more education for girls.

She also talked about Julia Gillard, and the need for us to respect the role she played in showing that females can be models of leadership, which is extremely pertinent now that her prime ministership is over.

I recommend listening to the whole interview, despite its lengthiness. Dr Kanyoro is an inspirational figure and has a lot of wisdom to share.

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