Rural Women Energy Security (RUWES) Initiative

The RUWES Initiative was derived from a need to save lives, the earth and improve rural economy. It targets the under-served rural women who are usually off grid, energy-poor and have the highest incidence of health related issues from harmful energy practices. RUWES makes access to energy easier in a cost effective way for rural women, develops viable business models aimed to create a financial value chain for rural women, by providing them with the necessary tools (access to capital, skill and capacity development) needed to improve upon themselves and create a successful and sustainable business.

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Women Environmental Programme (WEP)

WEP is a Nigerian NGO working to address gender injustices on issues relating to the environment and economic and social rights of women and young people. WEP’s work includes raising awareness of the gendered impacts of climate change; advocating for natural resource management, land rights, social infrastructure, the management of environmental conflicts; and empowering women and youths. WEP is an active observer to the UNFCCC, including facilitating the attendance of women’s and youth leaders to the COP negotiations, and is also an active member of the Environmental NGOs constituency.

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Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st)

The Centre for 21st Century Issues works to build capacity for sustainable development and poverty reduction by engaging with youth groups, promoting environmental, social and economic justice and peace building, and deepening democratic culture and good governance, including women’s human rights, equity and social justice. The Centre has organized gender and climate change workshops in Nigeria and at the COP negotiations in Copenhagen and Cancún.

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