What we do

The transition of low-carbon economies has to be inclusive. With this in mind, we organise a high level award celebration during the annual global climate negotiations, where the three best projects out of a 150 receive €2000 euro in prize money each. Through this annual award, we identify the most outstanding grassroots climate actions that have women leadership and promote gender-equality. Jointly with civil society and UN climate technology networks, we provide mentoring and support to bring these good practices to scale. We document, monitor and publish our gender and climate analysis. We work in coalitions as part of the Women and Climate Constituency and jointly advocate for social-inclusive and gender-just climate policies.

Focus areas

Currently, the majority of climate funding is going to reduce emissions in large- scale energy, industrial and transportation projects. Much less support is available to those who are already paying a high price from climate change and need funds to rebuild, replant, and survive. Rural communities mostly do not have access climate funds, due to high minimal thresholds. Often rural communities have to pay not only for the use of low-carbon services as in cities, but they even have to pay for the capital costs of infrastructure and grids. Indigenous and traditional technologies, which often have strong climate reliance aspects, are easily excluded from the application criteria. Even though gender criteria are formally more and more applied, truly transformative gender-responsive climate actions are rare.

High level award celebration

We organise an high level award celebration during the annual climate negotiations, where the three best projects out of a 150 receive €2000 euro in prize money each. We also facilitate meetings between the award winners and experts from climate finance and technology assessment agencies. We formulate recommendations from the winning projects, and apply these to proposals for gender action plans on climate.

2021 winners – learn more

  • IMECE, Turkey: Solar Age: empowering refugee women through solar engineering (technical solutions)
  • TODOS JUNTOS, Guatamala: Mealflour: empowering indigenous women in Guatemala for climate resilient food sovereignty (non-technical solutions)
  • FUNDACION PLURALES, Argentina: Strengthening women environmental defenders through a digital and advocacy network (transformational solutions)
  • All India Women’s Conference Calcutta: Women-led mangrove reforestation in Sunderbans, India (mention of honour, non-technical solutions) 

2019 winners – learn more

  • CAMGEW, Cameroon (transformational solutions)
  • ENDA Colombia, Colombia (non-technical solutions)
  • UNIVERS-SEL, Guinee-Bissau (technical solutions)
  • Mention of honour: FUNDAECO, Guatemala (transformational solutions)

2018 winners – learn more

2017 winners – learn more

2016 winners

2015 winners