Women are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, primarily because they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent for their livelihoods on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. But women are also taking a leadership role in innovating and implementing climate change solutions.
This video is narrated by Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice – and former President of Ireland. It tells the story of the winners of the 2016 Momentum for Change Awards, in the Women for Results category:
• Rural Community Leaders Combatting Climate Change | India: This project has built a rural distribution network of 1,100 women entrepreneurs facilitating access to clean energy, water and sanitation products and services in several communities.
• The W+ Standard | Nepal: This project established the first women-specific standard to measure and monetize women's empowerment benefits of climate action.
• Women’s Empowerment for Resilience and Adaptation Against Climate Change | Uganda: This activity has established women-led groups that pool their savings into a fund, from which they borrow and invest into climate friendly, income-generating activities.
• Women-Led Fog Harvesting for a Resilient, Sustainable Ecosystem | Morocco: This project introduced a technological innovation inspired by ancient dew-collecting practices, providing accessible potable water to more than 400 people. 
Learn more about each of the Women for Results winners here:

Jeannette Gurung was one of the panelists discussing ending poverty in all its forms and achieving gender equality, during the Responsible Business Forum on 4 November in Singapore. 

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​This W+ pilot project measured the time saved for 7200 rural Nepalese women who replaced their wood generated stoves with those generated by biogas, relieving them of the need to collect fuel wood from the forest and saved 2.2 hours per day. 

The Time Saving for Women Users of Biogas Stoves Project for Kavre and Sindhuli Districts, Nepal is the first project under the W+ Program to be completed. This project, done in partnership with the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) and with technical assistance from the South Pole Group.

Before bio-gas systems, women in these communities spent several hours each day gathering and processing fuel wood in the forest for cooking. By eliminating this time-consuming, labor-intensive task, women now have the opportunity to pursue income generation, community leadership, and leisure and self-improvement activities.  

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How can inclusive finance benefit women and enhance their economic empowerment? This was the focus of the ThinkShop organized by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in collaboration with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) held on 20-21 January in Bangkok, Thailand. WOCAN was invited to participate in this event along with other experts and practitioners in finance and women’s empowerment from Asia and Africa. The participants reflected on the meaning of women’s economic empowerment, and the different components that influence this process (e.g. access to assets, information and capacity development, culture, self-confidence, time, etc.).

Maris Lee, WOCAN Core Associate, highlighted the importance of having sex-disaggregated data, identifying clear targets and indicators to measure progress of women’s economic empowerment, raising awareness and building capacity of project staff and beneficiaries and supporting women’s collective processes. The contributions of this ThinkShop will also inform UNCDF’s approaches to women’s economic empowerment through its existing and future work across least developed countries. 


When you drink a cup of coffee, you’re likely enjoying coffee beans that were grown and harvested by women farmers from rural areas. No matter the price you pay for your latte, relatively few dollars make it back to these women who are the providers of food, education and healthcare for their families and communities.

It’s challenging to determine how to best create measurable change in the lives of these women, so a group of women’s empowerment and financial experts have developed the W+ Standard, which measures how companies, governments and individuals can drive social and economic empowerment for women. The W+ Standard tracks women’s empowerment in six areas: time, income/assets, health, leadership, education/knowledge and food security. Establishing this standard of measurement made it possible to create W+ Units that investors can purchase to ensure progress in these areas. 

These W+ Units are social assets–investments in improving the lives of women and the people they support.The W+ Unit represents the social and economic value of women. Purchasing these social assets allows investors to drive positive social change for women and economic wins for local communities, because profits from the sales of the W+ Units return to women and benefit their families and communities. And organizations can trust these investments, since they follow the W+ Standard that measures and verifies results on the ground.

W+ Units make it possible for companies, governments and individuals to make certified investments in women’s empowerment, and these investments yield measurable outcomes for women, the supply chain and the investor. 

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Published on Jan 5, 2013

Jackie VanderBrug is a leader in the emerging global field of gender lens investing and a founder of the Women Effect Investments Initiative. Jackie works with both investors and investment vehicles to develop the gender lens investing market. Her relationships with a wide range of stakeholders -- not only investors and fund managers, but also collaborators as diverse as the Women's Funding Network, the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs, Women in the World Foundation, the Pipeline Fellowship and Astia -- provide her an unparalleled perspective on the rich opportunities presented by this field. This talk addresses the fact that the gender lens is now commonplace in development, increasingly present in philanthropy, but almost unknown in investing — how much can change when we fix that equation?

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