The Women2030 is a women and gender focused initiative designed to empower Women and Gender Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to influence gender-responsive 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.
The Women2030 project is being implemented at the global, regional and national levels. It is a global, regional and national partnership among CSOs for advancing sustainable development policies. Global partners include Global Forest Coalition, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Women Environmental Programme (WEP), and Gender and Water Alliance (GWA).
In Ghana, the project is being implemented in Weto Range and Avu Lagoon, two unique landscapes in the Eastern part of Ghana. The Weto Range landscape is a water tower and forms a mosaic of ecological niches. The Avu Lagoon is a Wetland that is uniquely identified to be the home of Sitatunga, an endangered animal species thought to have gone extinct in West Africa. The ecosystems of both landscapes are under threat due to unsustainable practices and ineffective implementation of policies and legislations that govern sustainable management.
Active participation of women in decision-making processes within these landscapes is inadequate; certain customary or traditional practices mostly facilitated by perceptions, status and decision making power mostly male vested make women shy away from standing up to their rights and actively advancing the policies that impact them. Although women hold specific indigenous knowledge and skills related to biodiversity including food and water, their role in biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation often are not harnessed. Women are unable to expand operations and also make their voice heard, due to lack of necessary education and skills.
The Overall objective of the project is “Build capacity of women’s and gender Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to advance local, national and regional gender-responsive sustainable development policies (2030 Agenda & climate), through participation in policy development and monitoring, mobilizing citizen’s support and demonstrating best practices.” Specifically, the project seeks to:
o Strengthen women’s and gender-focused CSOs’ operational and institutional capacities;
o Strengthen women and gender-focused CSOs’ strategic cooperation and policy advocacy skills;
o Strengthen women and gender-focused CSOs’ outreach and media skills.
The DI would work with women groups and gender focused CSOs in four communities in two landscapes; two communities within each landscape. For the first year, the focus is to engage these communities in a participatory consultation processes to help them understand the scope of the project to actively participate in it. In this engagement, we will identify locals perception on sustainability and sustainable development and raise awareness on the sustainable development goals focusing on the gender component as well as on the collective actions (roles) women could take for resource conservation/wise use and demanding their right from duty bearers.
Outputs for year one (1) include the following:
o Four (4) communities consulted and awareness raised in these communities
o At least four (4) women groups/CBOs engaged or established
o A strategic visioning plan (Theory of Change) developed
Project Duration: May 2016 – May 2020
Funders: Global Forest Coalition