2014 Summit on Women & Climate
Why Women & Climate?
Climate change is the greatest environmental and human rights threat of all time. The consequences disproportionately impact women who depend on the natural world for their physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Yet these same women are also forging bold, effective initiatives to counter climate change.
Global Greengrants, the International Network of Women’s Funds, and the Alliance of Funds are the largest global funders of grassroots efforts. Together, these networks hosted the Summit on Women and Climate to address the resource gap for grassroots women implementing climate-related projects.
We believe it’s time for women’s and environmental rights movements to:
- Share strategies women are using to combat climate change in their communities
- Address challenges such as criminalization and violence against women climate leaders
- Strategize ways to engage governments, corporations, international financial institutions, and others around supporting women’s climate solutions
“Climate Justice and Women’s Rights: A guide to directing more resources to grassroots women”
2014 Summit on Women & Climate
Nearly 100 indigenous and non-indigenous leaders and advocates from 37 countries participated in the 2014 Summit on Women & Climate, held at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia.
Coming soon, this guide is a call to action to direct more substantial funding to climate change work designed and proposed at the grassroots level. Its case studies and steps for funders provide concrete solutions to:
- Fund at the intersection of climate justice and women’s rights, and identify areas in which that funding is currently taking place.
- Honor how women’s experiences influence grassroots climate justice funding.
- Deepen philanthropic practice and foster collaboration to get timely and appropriate funding to women ad their communities.
- Bring women’s voices into climate change policy discussions.
- Advocate for the strong impact small- and medium-size grants can make in women-organized efforts to address climate change at the community level.
Multimedia & News
- VIDEO: Recap of the 2014 Summit on Women and Climate
- Women on climate change frontline make big impact with small grants (The Guardian – 11/28/14)
- Environmental funding bypasses indigenous communities (Inter Press Service – 9/20/14)
- Women’s rights and climate change: what’s the connection (EcoWatch – 8/25/14)
- Who’s our best hope for fighting climate change? (Grist.org – 8/14/14)
- ‘Mama Aleta’ defends Indonesia’s natural habitat
(Christian Science Monitor – 8/8/14)
- First summit on women and climate decries lack of grassroots funding (Thomas Reuters Foundation – 8/3/14)
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The International Network of Women’s Funds is a membership association linking women’s funds to promote philanthropy with a feminist perspective.
The Greengrants Alliance of Funds comprises independent grantmaking institutions committed to growing grassroots philanthropy worldwide.