Inspiring stories of climate champions

On this page we want to provide space for the stories of inspiring champions in the field of gender equality and the fight against climate change and environmental pollution.

ClimAct/Spark A Change

As an ecofeminist network we want to provide space for the stories of inspiring champions in the field of gender equality and the fight against climate change and environmental pollution. We believe that a sustainable future and environment needs feminist solutions reflecting the lives of people on the ground. That is why we work on transformative gender equality and women’s human rights in interconnection with sustainable development and climate justice.

We want to provide space for the stories of inspiring champions in the field of gender equality and the fight against climate change and environmental pollution.

With this in mind, we organize, together with the Women and Gender constituency, an annual Award ceremony during the global climate negotiations, the Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards, where we identify the most outstanding grassroots climate actions that have women leadership and promote gender-equality. We know the solutions to a more sustainable future already exist – and it is time to showcase them and demand change!

Ernestine

Ernestine has been involved in regeneration and livelihood improvement in the Kilum-Ijim forest area since 2012. Together with her organization Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW) she strengthens female leadership by providing training on agroforestry, soil conservation, tree planting, and forest governance.

In 2019, Ernestine was one of the winners of the Gender Just Climate Solution Award. This is a yearly event at the UNFCCC Climate Summit , organized by WECF International and the Women & Gender Constituency.

Read Ernestine's story

Jamila

Jamila Idbourrous is the director of the Union of Argan Women’s Cooperatives. She represents 1200 women argan farmers in the south of Morocco who have united in cooperatives to produce arganoil in a fair and sustainable way.

In 2016, Jamila was one of the winners of the Gender Just Climate Solution Award. This is a yearly event at the UNFCCC Climate Summit , organized by WECF International and the Women & Gender Constituency.

Read Jamila's Story of Change here

Pauline

Pauline is an environmental scientist, graduated in environmental engineering and biology, with a strong antenna for international solidarity. As an environmental scientist, she was associated with research institutes in Sweden, India, Cambodia and France until she accidentally ended up at UNIVERS-SEL. She worked in the salt marshes of Guérande, in southern Brittany, as a seasonal worker to harvest fleur de sel, a slightly moist sea salt with a crystalline structure. There she got to know the organization UNIVERS-SEL and heard about their work in Guinea-Bissau. Coincidentally, a position became available. She then spent two years in Guinea-Bissau working with female salt producers.

Read Pauline's story of change

Karen

The gender just climate solution winner FUNDAECO, partly led by Karen Dubois, benefits from a unique development model. It is grounded on forest conservation by indigenous peoples, while ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls in 100 Maya and Q’eqchi communities in Guatemala.

In 2019, Karen was one of the winners of the Gender Just Climate Solution Awards. This is a yearly event at the UNFCCC Climate Summit, organized by WECF International and the Women & Gender Constituency.

Read Karen's Story of Change

Trupti

Pauline is an environmental scientist, graduated in environmental engineering and biology, Trupti Jain from India is the co-founder of Naireeta Services. She invented an innovation called Bhungroo, that has been developed with the help of women farmers, where traditional knowledge and wisdom help us to innovate this technology at the ground level. Women’s participation in technology is very important.

In 2018, Trupti was one of the winners of the Gender Just Climate Solution Award. This is a yearly event at the UNFCCC Climate Summit, organized by WECF International and the Women & Gender Constituency.

Watch Trupti's Story of Change