Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards – Meet the 2023 Recipients!

Sustainable and gender-just solutions to the climate crisis already exist, many of which are women-led, and must be further supported and resourced.

On 5 December, at COP28, The Women & Gender Constituency and WECF were proud to announce the 2023 recipients of the Gender Just Climate Solutions (GJCS) Awards! Taking place annually during COP gatherings, the Awards promote and support three outstanding projects that provide grassroots climate solutions, while centering women’s leadership and promoting gender equality.

Awardees receive a monetary prize of 5,000 Euros and can join a mentoring and skills training programme to build further capacity. Additionally, by becoming part of our global network, awardees are able to connect to other international organisations and bring their message to the forefront of global climate change discourse. Read more about the Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards here, and the projects that were nominated this year in our publication here.

Awardees in the Technical Solutions Category: AzuKo and Nirapod Bangladesh Songstha

Solution: Build for Safety: women contributing to climate-resilient housing in Bangladesh 
 Jo Ashbridge (AzuKo) and Apu Roy (Nirapod Bangladesh Songstha)
Country: Bangladesh 

In Dinajpur, Bangladesh, a construction training programme led by AzuKo and Nirapod Bangladesh Songstha (English: Safe Bangladesh Organisation) supports impoverished women with a comprehensive strategy. The programme contributes to enhancing community resilience to climate-induced disasters by promoting eco-friendly design and locally available materials. In addition, it aims to strengthen women’s skills in the male-dominated building sector. This multifaceted initiative challenges patriarchal norms and persisting gender inequalities by fostering democratic decision-making for women in their communities. AzuKo also supports women’s saving groups through low-interest loans and financial training. 

Awardee in the Non-Technical Solutions Category: Paran Women Group

Solution: Bolstering Indigenous women’s knowledge and resilience to climate change impacts 
 Naiyan Kiplagat (Paran Women Group)
Country: Kenya 

Paran Women Group is a unique network of 64 Indigenous women civil society organisations that has engaged over 1,000 women and girls in climate mitigation and adaptation strategies aimed at improving water and food security for their communities, as well as reducing poverty, strengthening women leadership and promoting environmental governance through socio economic empowerment initiatives, advocacy, capacity building and training programmes for Indigenous women and youths. They have established kitchen gardens and are generating alternative sources of income through organic briquette making, native species tree planting, beadwork, medicinal herb collecting, and beekeeping. Their project helps reduce deforestation and CO2 emissions from firewood and reinforce climate resilience in severely affected areas of Kenya through conservation agriculture and rehabilitation of local seeds and crops. It promotes gender justice by supporting women’s leadership and decision-making power in Indigenous communities.

Related > Read more about Paran in this article in The Nation.

Awardees in the Transformational Solutions Category: Baithak and DASTAK Foundation

Solution: Framework for gender-equitable climate disaster response 
 Ayesha Amin (Baithak – Challenging Taboos) and Hira Amjad (DASTAK Foundation)
Country: Pakistan

In their efforts to use gender-just approaches to respond to increasingly disastrous floods in Pakistan, Baithak – Challenging Taboos and DASTAK Foundation have developed a strategic and comprehensive framework tool offering guidelines for gender-equitable climate crisis responses. These responses are designed to meet the gender-specific needs of women and girls during climate crises and prioritise their health, well-being, and safety. Before its creation, extensive stakeholder engagement was conducted, including social listening sessions involving 30,000 menstruating women and girls, direct consultations with 5,000 individuals affected by floods, and collaboration with 40 grassroots organisations and experts.