Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change, March 17, 2021
Sponsors: Dining for Women (now Together Women Rise) and UNICEF.
Women and the environment, Women in power and decision-making, Women and the economy, Education and training of women, Women and health
SDG3 – Good Health and Well-Being, SDG4 – Quality Education, SDG7- Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG13 – Climate Action
Child Marriage (2016)
The session covered the importance of girls and women's education as well as their leadership in making environmental projects successful. The education of women and girls is central to the work of CFUW. The way climate change and environmental degradation affects women and children is also of considerable concern.
Three organizations described their projects followed by the representative from UNICEF describing UNICEF's COVID response and the way they work generally in the countries that invite them to get involved. The projects were in African countries and showed how women's leadership, gender justice and education are essential to successful implementation of environmental projects. Health and education of women and girls were also linked – especially education which was described as transformative. Community engagement is key and this point was reinforced by UNICEF in their approach to working with countries and communities. In some countries the youth population is very large and so education is crucial. The effects of the pandemic illustrate how complex providing effective aid and support can be.
The key points of working with communities, building partnerships, respecting and encouraging female leadership and education are ones GWI members can use in all settings.

Partnerships and alliances with these organizations are certainly possible. For North Americans the Women’s Earth Alliance might provide avenues to collaborate on specific projects.

Author: Barb MacLellan

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