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Project to empower women in climate change decisions begins in Cambodia

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A project to strengthen women’s resilience to climate change and natural disasters in Cambodia has begun with government, civil society and women’s groups, and United Nations agencies discussing the best ways forward. The Cambodia project is part of a larger project that UN women is jointly coordinating with UN Environment in Asia-Pacific countries. The Government of Sweden funds the project, which runs from 2018 to 2022 and is called The Empower: Empowering Women to Secure Climate-resilient Societies... More

Pig pens power a solution to climate change in Viet Nam

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

When Trin Gim first started her biogas digester business, she raised many eyebrows. In the little district of Ung Hoa, located south of Viet Nam’s capital, Hanoi, villagers were not accustomed to seeing a woman take the reins of a business. But eight years later, Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success, but has played a role in a larger fight in Viet Nam against the devastating impacts of climate change... More

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Monday, May 14, 2018

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in... More

Sweden joins forces with UN Environment and UN Women to build a climate resilient Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Asia-Pacific region is making significant strides towards climate change action and disaster risk reduction. But long-lasting climate resilience in the region cannot be achieved without addressing the root causes of vulnerability and gender inequality, which disproportionality impacts women and girls and other marginalized populations in this region. Women and girls in Asia-Pacific constitute 80 per cent of all those living under USD2 per day and face barriers to... More

Ensuring Women’s Participation in Humanitarian Action

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

“Samoa can be a leading example for other Red Cross Societies in the Pacific region, with humanitarian assistance that recognizes the different needs of women, children and people with disabilities and involves them actively in the process,” Samoa Red Cross Society (SRCS) Secretary General Namulauulu Tautala Mauala said. SRCS is the largest humanitarian organisation in Samoa with more than 2,200 volunteers supporting local communities. SRCS is one of four Pacific organisations that UN Women is supporting through the Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) - formerly the Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) on Women... More

Expert’s take: When building climate resilience, women’s needs cannot be an afterthought

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In May 2015, UN Women had organized an event in Dhaka on gender and climate change, during the high-level regional consultations on disaster risk reduction and climate resilience. A national expert was presenting the progress that Bangladesh had made in adapting to climate change. Listening with great attention was Mahera, who lives in the Khulna district of the remote Sundarban area, home to one of the largest mangrove forests in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She was there to... More

Climate Action: Women hold the key

Monday, September 5, 2016

Today, at a roundtable at the UN, Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate, heard strong grassroots voices calling for more women to be engaged in climate change and disaster risk management action. With the theme of ‘Climate Action: Women hold the key”, the roundtable brought together local women, policy makers and development partners to hear the difference that women’s participation can make, particularly in... More

Spotlight: Women leading discussions on climate induced migration

Monday, December 8, 2014

UN Women is proud to be supporting Ms Zakia Naznin to travel to Lima, Peru next month to participant in the UNFCCC discussions and be a panelist at a UN Women co-hosted event on Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Human Mobility: Voices from the Frontline. UN Women is co-organizing this side event on Thursday 11 December 2014 at 13:15-14:45 in partnership with UNHCR, UNUEHS and IOM. This side event will put a human face to climate change... More

The Change Makers: The Role of Women in Mitigating Climate Change

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The fight against climate change received a shot in the arm when a new, innovative method of meeting the challenge was formulated. UN Women, in collaboration with the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and BRAC launched a three-year programme titled Reducing Vulnerability of Women Affected by Climate Change through Livelihood Options, which is being supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka. More

Adivasi women as nature’s champions

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A regional study on the impact of climate change on indigenous women stresses the importance of recognizing their cultural traditions to conserve resources. More

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