Meet the winners of the “Gender just climate solutions” award

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Winners of Navdanya & SOL, GDA and BWC at the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award Ceremony

We are proud to present to you the winners and their projects of the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award! This award is supported by Fondation RAJA Daniele Marcovici, Agence Francaise de Développement, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, and the Climate Technologies Center and Network. During the Press conference, the winners were able to present themselves and share their experiences of how this award will impact their work. Download the publication with the winners and nominees here.

H.E. Merseini Vuniwaqa (Fiji Minister for Social Welfare, Women & Poverty Alleviation) handing over the prize to Elizabeth Tipphawong.

Transformational Winner Gender Development Association (GDA), represented at the COP23 by Elisabeth Thipphawong

GDA from Laos assessed gender roles in the northern rural uplands of Lao PDR, focusing on Non-Timber Forest Production. The project used a women’s empowerment lens to bridge traditional harvesting practices with sustainable livelihood initiatives in the target communities. The 4,500 project beneficiaries were women, their families and fellow community members; many of whom belong to the Hmong and Khmu ethnic groups who have been systematically marginalized in Lao PDR. The project identified key areas and documented policies for improving sustainability. Women leaders in the community participated in the Training of Trainer workshops with the goal to enhance their capacity and their knowledge sharing.

This project was elected because it provides equal access to benefits for women, men and youth; it empowers women through the use of their traditional knowledge. It is locally led, decentralised and appropriate; it ensures self-sufficiency and a low input of resources; it contributes to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Plus, the results can be shared, spread and scaled up and it shows interlinkages to cross-cutting issues such as climate forced migration and food security

Naveen and Visolela from GEN recieving the price, on behalf of BWC who unfortunately could not attend the award, from UNIDO Director General Li Yong.

Technical Winner: Better World Cameroon (BWC)

BWC, from Cameroon, offers a simple, low cost, sustainable alternative to heavy use of solid fuel by building clean cookstoves with mud-building techniques and local materials. The main objectives of this participatory project are to: improve the livelihood of women by training them on the construction of low-emitting mud cookstoves, reduce air pollution, improve health, and enhance women’s participation in community engagement. Reaching 300 beneficiaries in 30 communities, BWC has held 10 participatory stove building workshop with women’s groups; held training of trainers; supported the establishment of partnerships and cooperatives to foster income generation; organized annual meetings for all trainees.

This project was elected because it provides equal access to benefits for women, men and youth; aims to alleviate burden of women’s workload; empowers women through enhanced live

lihoods security; promotes women’s participation by ensuring decision making by local groups; ensures self-sufficiency and a low input of resources; contributes to carbon emissions reduction; results can be shared, spread & scaled up.

“The richness of this award is in the fact that it carries the 100 voices of local women in the communities of Bafut, in the North West Region of Cameroon. It is to Better World Cameroon for providing me with the necessary skills that led the success of this project.” by Sonita Mbah.

Non Technical Winner: NAVDANYA & SOL, represented at COP 23 by Audrey Boullot
Find their interview on the UNFCCC Climate Studio here.

Navdanya & SOL is an organisation from India and France. The project “Seeds for Hope” improves the climate resilience, food sovereignty and economic autonomy of farming communities (20,000 people) in the valley of Derhadun, in Northern India, relying on women’s knowledge and action. They are trained to reproduce and conserve local seeds, learn agro-ecological techniques and food transformation, which reinforces their power to make decisions. The project is led in partnership with the association Navdanya, created by Vandana Shiva. Direct beneficiaries: 745 farmers and their families in 31 villages.

This project was elected because it aims to alleviate women’s workload via additional natural resource management; it empowers women through better access to knowledge; it promotes women’s democratic rights and participation by ensuring decision making by local women’s groups; it is locally driven, decentralised and appropriate; it contributes to climate change mitigation and climate adaptation; its results can be shared, spread and scaled up; it shows interlinkages to cross-cutting issues, such as sustainable water management, sanitary food, solidarity.

The three winners won a seed grant of 2,000, travel assistance to the COP23 in Bonn and will receive mentoring and a workshop of CTCN on “Up-scaling gender-just climate solutions: sharing on climate technology and finance”, at LVR- Landesmuseum, November 15. It is a closed event but journalists are invited to come and interview the winners.


The Women and Gender Constituency is one of the nine stakeholder groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Established in 2009, the WGC now consists of 27 women’s and environmental civil society organizations, who are working to ensure that women’s voices and their rights are embedded in all processes and results of the UNFCCC framework, for a sustainable and just future, so that gender equality and women’s human rights are central to the ongoing discussions.