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February 17, 2022

The climate crisis: Women’s Funds in GAGGA

Mama Cash is proud to share The climate crisis: Women’s Funds in GAGGA, a new series of six briefs for funders. Women’s funds supported by the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA), of which Mama Cash is a member, are developing critical insights around women’s rights and environmental justice in the local contexts where they work.

There is growing recognition of the importance of women-led climate solutions. Women and girls, especially in the Global South, are disproportionately affected by climate change, and they are also the people least responsible for the environmental damage which  causes changing climates. Women and girls also have local knowledge and solutions.

As part of GAGGA, women’s funds are in a strategic position to get money to these local feminist environmental activists. Through their funding to local activists, women’s funds are ensuring that women’s local climate solutions are embraced and implemented.

Mama Cash is pleased to contribute to building the knowledge base that funders, activists and others can draw on, and in particular to lift up the work of women’s funds around the world who are funding local, grassroots solutions.

Read this series of briefs to learn more about how women’s funds are strengthening environmental justice work and how funders can move resources to support this work, with examples from GAGGA-funded work in Bolivia, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, and Paraguay.

Brief #1: Why the environment is a women’s rights issue
Climate change is not gender neutral. Gender equality and women’s rights must be at the heart
of climate justice efforts. When women, girls, and trans and intersex people across the world fight for their rights, this includes the right to water, food, and a healthy environment.

Brief #2: How Women’s Funds strengthen environmental justice
Women’s Funds are in a distinctive and strategic position to get money to the ground, especially to women otherwise overlooked. They are addressing both the climate crisis and women’s rights around the world.

Brief #3: Women’s Funds in action: Examples from practice
Women’s Funds supported by the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) are developing critical insights around women’s rights and environmental justice in the specific contexts in which they work.
Brief #4: How funders can move resources
Funders can move more resources to women’s movements fighting for climate justice. Recent in-depth interviews with Women’s Funds surface ideas to help donors expand and deepen their environmental funding strategies.
Brief #5: Women’s Funds in action: Indigenous women lead the way in Paraguay 
Indigenous women are protecting natural resources and their way of life. Extractive industries and industrial agriculture pose a threat to Indigenous peoples around the world. Women in Paraguay are fighting back.
Brief 6#: Women’s Funds in action: Women strategise across movements in Kenya
Extractive industries and industrial development pose a threat to ecosystems around the world. In Kenya, women are fighting back. They are coming together to advocate across multiple levels of government - protecting their lives and livelihoods by protecting their local environments.

This series of briefs is based on data collected before COVID-19, which is only exacerbating
inequalities forwomen, girls, and trans and intersex people. In the midst of the pandemic, global
anti-racism uprisings, and the climate crisis, Women's Funds supported by the Global Alliance for
Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) continue to take care of each other and fight injustice, whatever
the circumstances.