General Article A climate crisis is becoming a crisis for gender equality

Topic Selected: Gender Equality Book Volume: 432

Sian Norris reports how news that East Africa’s drought is entering its fifth year spells danger for women and girls.

By Sian Norris, Chief Social and European Affairs Reporter

Byline Times revealed today that the rainy season in East Africa is set to fail for the fifth year in a row, as the 62nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum confirmed that the rains may not come this year. Speaking at a press conference in Mombasa, the representatives confirmed predictions made in May, including by the UK Met Office, that the rains would continue to fail.

Already, more than 16 million people in the Greater Horn cannot access enough water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. The drought has caused widespread displacement, malnutrition and death in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The latter two countries continue to struggle with violent conflict.

Sadia Allin, Plan International’s head of mission in Somalia and Somaliland, told Byline Times: ‘East Africa is in the grip of its worst drought...

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