Empower Women – Benefit (for) All (EWA) Partnering with WECF to improve gender equality in legislation, policies and programmes at national and international level.

OVERVIEW

WEDO partners with long-time collaborator Women in Europe for a Common Future on their Empower Women – Benefit (for) All (EWA) programme. Since 2012, WEDO has contributed to the project’s aim of improved gender equality in legislation, policies and programmes at national and international level. In this role, WEDO facilitates several aspects of the programme – bringing expertise in the areas of lobbying, technical support, women’s rights advocates’ coalition building, communications and media outreach, and capacity building across key policy arenas – the UNFCCC, IFIs, post-2015 and Beijing+20 processes.

The overall goal of the EWA programme is to contribute to economic and political empowerment of women from low-income rural and peri-urban regions in six developing countries (Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda). Through specific activities, the programme will increase women’s participation and leadership in their local economies, leading to increased sustainable and decent employment for women, increased community investments in areas prioritised by women, increased women’s leadership in public and private sector and thus, contribute specifically to lasting poverty reduction in the 100 target communities in 6 developing countries.

ACTIVITIES AND OBJECTIVES

WEDO contributes to the 2nd of the EWA Objectives:

  1. Increase economic self-reliance and women’s political participation of women in low-income rural and peri-urban region through capacity building on sustainable economic empowerment of the target group in six developing countries (Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda)
  2. Increase women’s participation and leadership role in policy and the economy, and strengthen policies and legal frameworks for gender equality and women’s access to resources through experience sharing and policy advocacy nationally and internationally.

In particular, WEDO supports in the strategic areas of:

  • Women’s Participation: increase women’s participation and leadership role in policy and the economy
  • Advocacy: strengthening policies and legal frameworks for gender equality and women’s access to resources

Additionally, WECF and other EWA partners strategically address:

  • Women’s livelihoods: creating sustainable and affordable access to livelihood resources for the target group
  • Women’s income generation: increasing women’s participation in the economy and income from economic activities

IMPACT

Climate change policy:

  • In 2014, significant progress was made in advancing gender equality in climate change policy, through the launch of the Lima Work Program on Gender at the UNFCCC. The Work Programme provides a good foundation for strengthening the capacity, knowledge and implementation of gender-responsive policies by defining a series of actions and a clear timeline for implementation.
  • In addition, continued work was done to further champion gender equality overall as a core component of the 2015 climate agreement.
  • Through the support of EWA, the Women and Gender Constituency grew to be a strong vehicle for promoting women’s leadership, gender equality and human rights advocacy, individually and collectively, at the UNFCCC.

PARTNERS

The primary partner is WECF, and WEDO has worked closely with several EWA partners across the policy areas, including

  • All India Women’s Conference
  • Global Forest Coalition
  • Reaccion Climatica

FUNDERS

Current

WEDO receives support for its activities from Women in Europe for a Common Future. The EWA programme of WECF is supported by the “Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women” (FLOW), a fund by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to improve the position of women and girls in developing countries.

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