Global Resources

Climate justice and women’s rights: a guide to supporting grassroots women’s action

Author: A. Davis, L. Rope, U. Miniszewski
Publisher: Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
Publication Date: Jan 2015

This guide aims to increase timely and appropriate funding for worldwide climate action initiatives led by women and their communities.

It highlights that women are particularly vulnerable to the threats posed by climate change but that most funders lack adequate programs or systems to support grassroots women and their climate change solutions. Men receive far greater resources for climate-related initiatives because they tend to wage larger-scale, more public efforts, whereas women’s advocacy is typically locally based and less visible, making it more difficult for funders to find and support.

The guide points out that funders, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and governments have begun to acknowledge that women are more vulnerable to climate chaos, but few devote attention to the women who are already forging powerful solutions for climate change. It argues that there is an urgent need around the world to ensure women at the local level have adequate information, support for their own solutions and priorities, rights to natural resources and a voice at the table where climate policy is discussed.