The current situation
Climate change remains the most signiﬁcant global threat to human life. And it is women and girls who currently suﬀer the worst impacts. More extreme and less predictable weather, growing food insecurity, increasing water insecurity, and unstable living conditions all combine with gender inequality to leave women more vulnerable. Despite this their views, interests and experiences are not fully or equally represented, leading to policies and programmes that are woefully inadequate. Our Girl-led Action on Climate Change programme seeks to change this. In partnership with Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting associations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, we are working to ensure that girls, young women, and their families, are more resilient to climate change and that we see a gender transformative approach to climate change policy and practice, at all levels.
What we are doing
Using our new Girl-Led Action on Climate Change curriculum, developed with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), we are educating tens of thousands of girls and young women on climate change and its gender dimension. To pay it forward, each young woman then shares information and skills learnt with at least two community members and leads on a community action project of their choice. A select group of young women are also being trained - and mentored - to carry out advocacy campaigns at a national level and to participate in global summits, such as the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) and the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
What we will achieve.
1. Girls and young women will be more resilient to the impacts of climate change
Through the curriculum, girls and young women will learn about how to adapt to and mitigate climate change through practical interactive activities. They will also learn about its gender dimension and apply what they've learnt to their own lives, and their families' lives, contributing to greater community resilience to climate change.
2. Girls and young women will be actively engaged in community action to mitigate and adapt to climate change
Through structured support and micro-grants, each young women will implement a grassroots project to tackle an issue of climate change in their community. In the long term, girls and young women will be better equipped to enter and occupy positions of leadership where their perspectives on climate change will be heard and respected.
3. Girls and young women will be influence those most responsible to take action
Girls and young women will gain the knowledge and skills needed to put pressure on their governments - and international institutions - to increase their commitments to and actions towards tackling climate change in a gender sensitive way. At key global events such as the UNFCC Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), girls and young women will also have the opportunity to share their lived experiences of climate change and influence climate action internationally.
The Girl-Led Action on Climate Change badge has been co-created with girls from Benin, Lesotho, Tanzania. It represents girls' voices and their call to action for us all to take urgent action on climate change. To be more environmentally friendly, the badge has been made from organic cotton and will be available soon for purchase via the WAGGGS shop.
Girl-Led Action on Climate Change is funded by the AKO Foundation and the Swedish Postcode Foundation. The curriculum content has also been developed with our advisory partners- FAO and UNEP.
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