The theme of International Women’s Day this Sunday is “make it happen.” The UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change initiative shines a light on women around the world who are making change happen in their communities, cities and countries. With International Women’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to celebrate the incredible women who “make it happen” on climate change.
All of the women-led initiatives below are previous winners of our Momentum for Change Awards. If you have an inspiring example of women’s leadership on climate action be sure to send it to http://momentum.unfccc.int
The Ibu Inspirasi initiative is bringing low-carbon technologies to women living in remote rural communities across Indonesia. The initiative works with local women’s groups to provide rural women with the skills and tools to become green technology agents.
Wandee Khunchornyakong is the woman leading Thailand down a cleaner path. Wandee runs Solar Power Company Group, the largest solar power generation company in Thailand.
Bhungroo is a life-changing technology that is helping women farmers in the western Indian state of Gujarat adapt to drought. Bhungroo is a water management system that injects and stores excess rainfall underground and lifts it out for use in dry spells.
The BOMA Project helps vulnerable women in Kenya’s arid lands adapt to climate change by starting small businesses in their villages, which enables them to develop a diversified livelihood. To date, BOMA has lifted more than 44,000 women and children out of extreme poverty; its goal is to reach 100,000 within five years.
Food & Trees for Africa fosters women’s leadership while addressing climate change through activities such as planting trees to sequester carbon and raising public awareness on climate change. At the same time, its programmes also enhance food security, alleviate poverty, teach women skills and create a healthier and more sustainable environment.
In Australia, women are building a movement to take action on climate change in their households, workplaces and communities. The organization 1 Million Women has a simple goal with a big impact: get one million women to pledge to take small steps in their daily lives that save energy, reduce waste, cut pollution and lead change.
Women Farmers in Guatemala promotes tree planting to sequester carbon and improve farming techniques, such as preventing erosion, improving yields and increasing crop diversity. The women-led activity is already seeing positive results with more than 4 million trees planted, more than 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions sequestered and 820 energy efficient stoves built.
Propelled by women’s leadership, the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative is tackling climate change by building high quality bamboo bicycles. The initiative reduces emissions not only from the transportation sector but also from the bike production process. Compared to traditional steel bicycles, making bamboo bikes emits far fewer emissions, requires less electricity and uses no hazardous chemicals.
Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh is a women-centered initiative that helps communities in Bangladesh adapt to climate change by addressing flooding and extreme weather conditions, especially the impact climate change has on agriculture.
Solar Sister has created micro-businesses for more than 1,000 female entrepreneurs in Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan, bringing solar power to more than 180,000 people.