EmPower Project Phase II Brief (2023-2027)
The impacts of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters are unequally felt across Asia and the Pacific region. Women and marginalized groups have less access to information, resources, finance and technologies, leaving them with greater challenges in coping and rebuilding after a crisis.
Women can be powerful actors in accelerating change. But this requires collective, rapid efforts by governments, development partners, private sector, financing institutes, civil society groups and local communities. Without their participation, representation and leadership, the solutions and response to the climate emergency will continue to exclude their needs and undermine their rights.
Through the first phase of the EmPower: Women for Climate-Resilient Societies project (2018-2022), UN Women, UNEP and partners have successfully engineered alternative livelihoods for vulnerable communities, reduced emissions through renewable energy and sparked intergovernmental commitments to ensure gender-responsive policies and actions in the Asia-Pacific region.
Over the next five years, UN Women and UNEP will scale up the lessons learned and the approaches developed by implementing the second phase of the EmPower project (2023-2027).