The Women & Gender Constituency (WGC) is inviting all activists, grassroots, and women-led organizations and groups across the globe that are working on issues related to climate change to participate in the 2021 edition of Gender-Just Climate Solutions Awards.
One of the nine stakeholder groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC), now comprising 33 women’s and environmental civil society organizations, ensures that women’s voices and their rights are enshrined in all processes and results of the UNFCCC framework.
Having launched its first ‘Gender-Just Climate Solutions’ Awards in 2015, the WGC aims to showcase real solutions for a more just, equal, and healthy planet.
Previous initiatives recognized have included women-owned and operated energy cooperatives in Germany, female entrepreneurial “energy shop” initiatives in Mozambique, and human rights-based relocation planning in the Carteret Islands.
The award focuses on solutions in any of the following areas:
Women’s rights and gender equality
- Provides equal access to benefits for women, men, and youth
- Aims to alleviate and/or does not add additional burden to women’s workload
- Empowers women through better mobility/accessibility, enhanced livelihood security, enhanced food security, improved health, access to safe water, etc.
- Promotes women’s democratic rights and participation by ensuring decision making by local women, men, women’s groups, cooperatives, and communities
- Locally led and/or locally driven (decentralized and appropriate)
- Ensures self-sufficiency & a low input of resources (safe, affordable, and sustainable)
- Contributes to climate change mitigation, emissions reduction, and/or climate adaptation (the project is sustainable)
Scaling-up and transfer
- Solutions can be shared, spread & scaled up (replicable elsewhere rather than benefit one individual)
- Shows interlinkages to cross-cutting issues, including, but not limited to peace-building, natural resources management, food security and/or health, water, and sanitation.
Outstanding initiatives that are women-centric are showcased across three different project types:
- Non-technical climate solutions- in the area of efficiency, consumption changes, resilience, and capacity building, etc.
- Technical climate solutions- in the area of renewables, energy or adaptation technologies, etc.
- Transformational climate initiatives addressing governance, institutional/societal changes, etc.
Three top ‘Award Winners’ will be identified, one per project type. Each of the three winners will receive
- Seed funding of 2000 Euros;
- A chance to attend the Awards Ceremony held at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021
Mentorship activities from the members of the Women and Gender Constituency
- Invitation to a capacity building workshop during COP26 which will include training to up-scale their solutions, share their experience and expertise with each other, as well as to network.
Up to 30 additional ‘Runners-Up’ will be featured in a full-color publication which will be showcased in a high-level international awards ceremony at COP26, as well as be highlighted on the WGC website.
The Gender-Just Climate Solutions is free and open to all applicants solving the challenges of climate change across the world.
- Only non-governmental initiatives are qualified (local or national government initiatives will not be considered).
- Solutions must have been developed or should be in current operation. The initiative must fit within one of the 3 award types of projects.
Entries close on Saturday, 31st July, 11 pm EST. Click here to register.
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