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The Women and Gender Constituency

Acronym:
WGC
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WEDO: 355 Lexington Ave., 3rd Floor New York, NY 10017 AIWC: 6, Bhagwan Das Road New Delhi, India
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Non-governmental organisation

The Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) is one of the nine stakeholder groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Established in 2009, the WGC now consists of 27 women’s and environmental civil society organizations, who are working to ensure that women’s voices are heard and their rights prioritized in the fight against climate change. The Women and Gender Constituency represents hundreds and thousands of people across the globe, with advocates from over 60 countries working for gender justice within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Since 2015, the WGC has organized each year during COP the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award which aims at promoting gender responsive climate initiatives conducted in every part of the world. This award has enabled many great gender just climate solutions to be showcased in a publication of the WGC (http://womengenderclimate.org/2017-gender-just-climate-solutions-public…) and 9 Award Winners to be festively celebrated during an official Award Ceremony at COP21, 22 and 23. You will find below the projects that have been nominated for the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award since 2015, as well as the Award Winners.

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  • Gender-Just Climate Solutions Award 2019

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    The Women and Gender Constituency, along with other women, gender, and human rights advocates, has been actively pushing world leaders to ensure just and equitable climate policies that put respect of people’s rights and the integrity of the planet first, while responding to injustice among and within countries in relation to climate impacts and resilience. As the Paris Agreement enters into force, the Gender Just Climate Solutions shown in this publication are aimed at making gender equality and women’s rights central to just climate action.

  • Gender-Just Climate Solutions Award 2018

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    The Women and Gender Constituency, along with other women, gender, and human rights advocates, has been actively pushing world leaders to ensure just and equitable climate policies that put respect of people’s rights and the integrity of the planet first, while responding to injustice among and within countries in relation to climate impacts and resilience. As the Paris Agreement enters into force, the Gender Just Climate Solutions shown in this publication are aimed at making gender equality and women’s rights central to just climate action.

  • Gender-Just Climate Solutions Award 2017

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    The Women and Gender Constituency, along with other women, gender, and human rights advocates, has been actively pushing world leaders to ensure just and equitable climate policies that put respect of people’s rights and the integrity of the planet first, while responding to injustice among and within countries in relation to climate impacts and resilience. As the Paris Agreement enters into force, the Gender Just Climate Solutions shown in this publication are aimed at making gender equality and women’s rights central to just climate action.

  • Gender-Just Climate Solutions Award 2016

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    The Women and Gender Constituency, along with other women, gender, and human rights advocates, has been actively pushing world leaders to ensure just and equitable climate policies that put respect of people’s rights and the integrity of the planet first, while responding to injustice among and within countries in relation to climate impacts and resilience. As the Paris Agreement enters into force, the Gender Just Climate Solutions shown in this publication are aimed at making gender equality and women’s rights central to just climate action.

  • Gender-Just Climate Solutions Award 2015

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    The Women and Gender Constituency, along with other women, gender, and human rights advocates, has been actively pushing world leaders to ensure just and equitable climate policies that put respect of people’s rights and the integrity of the planet first, while responding to injustice among and within countries in relation to climate impacts and resilience. As the Paris Agreement enters into force, the Gender Just Climate Solutions shown in this publication are aimed at making gender equality and women’s rights central to just climate action.

  • Gender and Climate Change Issues in Agriculture in Nigeria

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    A focus on benue, cross river, plateau, and river states

    The main objective of this study is to assess gender and climate change issues in agriculture in Nigeria with a focus on Benue, Cross River, Plateau and Rivers States. Specifically, the study has the following objectives: 1.To examine the nexus between gender, climate change and agriculture

  • Circular economy and women's entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso

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    Description of the project: The project supports 100 microsmall and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), with a focus on feminized sectors, to adopt sustainable production and management methods. Technical support is provided on resource efficiency and clean production (ERPP), industrial symbiosis (IS [1]), and energy auditing. Economic and environmental benefits have been evaluated. The impact for at least 80 MSMEs includes saving energy and primary materials, conserving natural resources, reducing/eliminating polluting waste and diversifying and creating jobs.

  • Fostering rural women’s entrepreneurship with solar energy solutions

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    Description of the project: India produces large quantities of fruits and vegetables, but more than 50% of this is wasted. The project aims to: 1) demonstrate the commercial viability of solar drying of fruits, vegetables and condiments, and convert them into profitable products on a micro enterprise scale; 2) equip rural poor women with solar dryers and train them on proper use. Sthree Sakthi Mahila Samajam installed solar powered air dryers in 2017 under the Socio-Economic Program of AIWC.

  • Community strategies for climate-resilient livelihoods

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    Description of the project:  This project develops exemplary climate adaptation strategies in 4 communities of rural Zambia, working on women-farmers' appropriation of the challenges they are facing, and introducing new and diversified livelihoods.  Today’s main beneficiaries are 250 small-scale farming households, but further outreach to 33,000 people is planned, with a focus  on women, youth and people living with disabilities.

  • Land for Life: farming communities innovative agroforestry

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    Description of the project: Inga-alley cropping is a simple but revolutionary agroforestry system that provides sustainable  alternatives to old subsistence farming practices destroying  the rainforest. Inga trees are planted in hedgerows between rows  of food crops. Growing rapidly, the trees essentially recreate a  rainforest that is managed by a virtuous cycle of yearly pruning after cropping, yielding protective thick mulch from leaves as well as vital firewood from branches. The pruned trees allow sunlight  to reach the food crops.

  • Leila Community Bike Workshops (LCBW)

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    Description of the project: The LCBW are a women-led,  accessible bicycle mechanic workshops. The workshops develop selfreliance and build independent lives for women and LGBTQ people in the deprived south Tel Aviv-Yaffa community. The project ensures 1,350 beneficiaries (mainly women) from poor communities are newly mobile and have the skills to stay independently mobile,  so contributing to their safe and harassment free mobility across  the city, as well as their economic status, productivity, physical and  mental health.

  • Women-Driven Clean Kundrathur

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    Description of the project: The Kundrathur Solid Waste  Management (SWM) project serves a town of 25,000 inhabitants with quality waste sorting and recycling, providing 64 underprivileged women and men with new employment as Green Friends.  Women have been included in a male dominated sector via selfhelp groups that build their technical, environmental and social capacities. Green Friends conduct door-to-door waste collection, recovery by composting, recycling and reuse, diverting most of  the town’s garbage from landfills.

  • Indigenous women in Nepal: climate resilient farming

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    Description of the project: The project aims at empowering indigenous women and securing their rights after natural disasters by helping them practice resilient farming. In the Thami and  Bankaria indigenous communities, women groups have built  their capacity via trainings on soil testing, selecting and preserving seeds, maintaining plant nurseries, preparing organic fertiliser,  using integrated pest management, and selling vegetables in farmers’ markets.

  • Access to water and sanitation: holistic approach for inclusive climate resilience

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    Description of the project: Kynarou is developing an inclusive and sustainable development model with 10 Dalits (“untouchable” caste) communities in Tamil Nadou, India. Starting from the supply of drinking water and access to decent sanitation, this project runs an exemplary model of sustainable and inclusive development with the villagers, ranging from ecological treatment of wastewater to integrated solid waste management, including the creation of 120 organic vegetable gardens.

  • Good farming practices to save river Kagera from silting

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    Description of the project: The Kagera river, a tributary of the Nile, is being threatened by silting due to unsustainable farming methods. Its river basin is a very rich agricultural ground supporting 16.5 million people in Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The project aims to improve and modernize current farming  methods, in order to improve food security and ensure resilient livelihoods for people and animals living in this area. Groups of  50 new beneficiaries are trained every month on farming methods, followed by a tree-planting scheme by the river.

  • Community Conservation Resilience Initiative (CCRI) in India

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    Description of the project: The CCRI carries out a participatory assessment and documentation of community conservation initiatives in the light of threats to their customary practices such as grazing and small scale agriculture, that secure their livelihoods. Communities in 3 ecologically diverse Indian states- Bengal,  Maharashtra and Gujarat- identified external and internal threats and participated in capacity building and training workshops, as well as resource mapping and focus group discussions.

  • Producing local sustainable energy

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    Description of the project: WECF and local partners facilitate technical trainings to integrate renewable energy solutions, such as briquette production, solar pumps, photovoltaic and biogas digesters, into the activities of agricultural cooperatives. Benefiting from improved, sustainable processing of agricultural products and diversified activities, cooperatives generate more jobs and higher incomes for their members. They also become energy hubs, providing access to clean and affordable energy to their members and the wider community.

  • Women's formal access to land rights DRC

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    Description of the project: CFLEDD strives for the recognition of women's land and forest rights in the provinces of Equateur and Maindombe of the DRC, with the aim to strengthen their effective participation in reducing deforestation. An advocacy tool has  been built and is used in dialogues between local and indigenous  women, customary chiefs and provincial authorities.  Recommendations resulting from these dialogues have led to the adoption of 2 provincial edicts that guarantee land and forest rights for women.

  • Weather-informed agriculture and fisheries Philippines

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    Description of the project: The program enhances 15,000 farmers' sensitivity and knowledge about weather and climate patterns. It helps them anticipate heavy rains and typhoons  and interpret weather information for decision-making on farm  adjustments and crop contingency plans. Localised, automatic weather stations were set-up, and 150 local government staff have been trained to interpret and post weather data and farming  advice to publicly-accessible collection points.