Girl-led Action on Climate Change

Our flagship programme on climate change


The current situation

Girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa are severely and disproportionately affected by climate change due to inequalities in rights and power. Despite this their views and experiences are not properly represented in debates on climate change, leading to policies and programmes that are woefully inadequate. Our Girl-led Action on Climate Change programme seeks to change this. In partnership with the Girl Guides of Benin, Lesotho, and Tanzania, we are working to ensure that girls, young women, and their families, are more resilient to climate change and that we see more gender conscious responses to climate change at a local, national, and international level.


What we are doing

Using our brand-new climate change curriculum, we will be educating up to 45,000 girls and young women in climate change resilience. Each Girl Guide will then reach out to at least two community members to share information and skills learnt reaching a further 90,000 community members. 60 girls and young women will also be trained to carry out national advocacy campaigns with some mentored to participate in global summits, such as the UNFCC Conference of Parties (COP) and the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Watch the video.

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What we will achieve.


1. Girls and young women are more resilient to impacts of climate change

Through the curriculum, girls and young women will learn about climate change and its gender dimension and apply this learning to their own lives, acquiring new skills on preparing for and responding to the effects of climate change. Girls and young women will bring their learning back home, involving their families and contributing to greater family resilience to climate change.


2. Girls and young women are actively engaged in community action to mitigate and adapt to climate change

Girls and young women will understand how to adapt to and mitigate climate change in their community and gain the skills and interest to take action on climate change. They will share their knowledge with community members and lead action projects to tackle climate change issues in their community. In the long term, girls and young women’s voices will be heard and respected, creating more opportunities for them to enter community leadership roles.

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3. Girls and young women are engaged in climate change advocacy at a regional, national and international level

Girls and young women will gain the knowledge needed to put pressure on their governments to increase their commitments to, and actions towards, tackling climate change in a gender sensitive way. At key global events such as COP, girls and young women will also have the opportunity to share their lived experiences of climate change and influence climate action internationally.

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Girl-Led Action on Climate Change is funded by the AKO Foundation and supported by our advisory partners- the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - who provide us with technical expertise on climate change.

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