On international Women’s Day, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards programme hosted by the UNFCCC Women and Gender Constituency (WGC). For the last three years, the CTCN has collaborated with the WGC to provide capacity development and mentoring support to the winners of this programme as well as other organisations addressing gender and climate change. To capture the transformative outcomes achieved by award winners and capacity building participants, an impact review has recently been completed.
The review found that 70% of the participants were able to access new funding after programme participation, and all were able to replicate or upscale their projects and thereby generate greater impact. Participants, from throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, represent innovative solutions in agriculture, circular economy, fishery, forestry, renewable energy, water, and waste management.
“Thanks to the mentoring workshops and regular trainings offered by the WGC and the CTCN, I gained confidence in my ability to mobilize the women cooperatives of our network and many other Moroccan stakeholders in promoting and adopting solar energy for their daily needs”, noted Jamila Idbourrous, one of the Gender-Just Climate Solutions winners.
The outcomes demonstrate that including gender as a vital aspect of climate action lays the foundation for multiple transformative benefits, including areas such as food security, sustainable land management, poverty alleviation, health and well-being, decent work and economic development. Incorporating gender in adaptation and mitigation strategies also contributes to redressing power imbalances and patriarchal norms, ensuring equal participation in decision-making, and greater access to and control over resources, including finances. Therefore, in addition to making climate change action more effective, gender responsiveness can accelerate achievement of other Sustainable Development Goals.
Through the mentoring programme, participants increase their understanding of climate negotiations, meet with climate change representatives from their countries as well as UNFCCC bodies, and engage in in-depth capacity building on advocacy, entrepreneurship, project design & planning, technology needs & prioritization, and financing. They also exchange experience on their projects and identify synergies for future collaboration and multi-country projects that can fuel ambitious climate action. Read more about the Gender-Just Solutions Award winners, their projects, and the CTCN-WGF mentoring programme.
The Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) fosters technology transfer and deployment at the request of developing countries through three core services: technical assistance, capacity building and scaling up international collaboration. The Centre is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, it is hosted and managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and supported by more than 600 network partners around the world.
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 and granted full constituency status in 2011, the WGC consists of 33 women’s and environmental civil society organizations, who are working together to ensure that women’s voices are heard and their rights prioritized in the fight against climate change. The Women and Gender Constituency, consisting of a broad variety of national and regional network organizations, represents hundreds and thousands of people across the globe, with advocates from over 60 countries.