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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Youth Action for Development (AJED-CONGO)

AJED-Congo  grew out of young people’s contributions and engagements with a range of issues including social development, health, poverty and unemployment, education, promotion of human rights, climate change and environmental pollution and the rights of women, indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups in the Republic of Congo. AJED-Congo became observers to the UNFCCC negotiations in 2013, and also participates in the Youth Organizations constituency and the Environmental NGOs constituency.

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Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)

WOTR works to empower communities in India through integrated watershed development on a sustainable basis. WOTR trains villagers to regenerate their watersheds by trapping and making full use of their scarce rainfall which not only vastly increases agricultural yield but enriches economies with greater opportunities and standards of living. WOTR is also an active member of the Environmental NGOs constituency and the Research and Independent NGOS constituency at the UNFCCC.

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All India Women’s Conference (AIWC)

AIWC is dedicated to the empowerment of women and children in India, working to help women ensure their rights and freedom from violence, and supporting women’s empowerment and preparation for leadership roles. AIWC became observers to the UNFCCC process at the Warsaw COP negotiations in 2013, immediately joining the Women and Gender Constituency.

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Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)

WOCAN is a women-led international network that supports agriculture and natural resource management organizations to strengthen women’s leadership and mainstream gender into their internal structures, programs, projects and policies, with the overall goal of contributing to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. WOCAN has been active at the COP negotiations, including hosting a side event on the establishment of a W+ Standard to measure results for women.

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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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LIFE- Education Environment Equality e.V.

LIFE e.V. works to raise awareness of gender equity in environment and sustainability policy and to integrate it into research, policy-making and environmental organisations, particularly on mitigation in industrialised countries. We prepare position statements and strategies to implement gender mainstreaming, and support effective influence of environment policies from a gender perspective. As WGC founder organisation we have been re-organising women’s involvement in the COP negotiations since 2003, which has led to greater gender integration lobbying and the Women for Climate Justice network which presented a joint position to the COP negotiations in Bali, 2007.

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International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)

The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) is a global network of NGOs and networks which promote the right to learn. By supporting lifelong learning for people to contribute to communities and support social and economic justice, including in gender equality, the environment, cultural diversity and peace. At the COP negotiations in Cancun the ICAE contributed to debates on building more harmonious, democratic relations between communities and the environment.

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Huairou Commission

The Huairou Commission builds the capacity of grassroots women’s organizations to wield collective influence for sustainable, gender equitable and pro-poor development, including at international levels. The Huairou Commission supported the grassroots leader Winrose Nyaguthi Mwangi, of GROOTS Kenya, to speak at the COP in Durban for a high-level event on gender-sensitive climate finance.

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Global Forest Coalition

The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) is an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations defending social justice and the rights of forest peoples. The coalition participates in international forest policy meetings and advocacy campaigns, including contributions to the Agricultural Work Programme debates at the UNFCCC, and is a key member of the Environmental NGO constituency.

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GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice

GenderCC aims to fully integrate gender justice across climate change policy. It works to raise awareness, build knowledge and capacity of decision makers, and empower women, youth and grassroots organisations to develop effective climate protection and adaptation policy. At the COP in Bali, GenderCC published several position papers which contributed to expressions of commitment to gender justice from a number of stakeholders.

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ENERGIA, part of the ETC Foundation

ENERGIA works in Africa and Asia with gender and energy networks to build sustainability of energy services and human development opportunities for both women and men. In 2009 ENERGIA co-coordinated an international alliance to include gender considerations and language in the negotiation process towards the COP negotiations in Copenhagen; achieving the first ever gender responsiveness in negotiation texts. In 2010 ENERGIA continued its work at the COP negotiations in Cancun, to ensure gender responsive measures in mitigation and technology transfers.

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