Women and Climate Change Workshop in Canberra, Australia, February 2013

Four chimneys to signify pollution for post on Women and Climate Change WorkshopIn February 2013, a thought-provoking women and climate change workshop was held as part of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE) XIX International Conference in Canberra. It was followed by training in Brisbane on climate change, project analysis and action. The workshop included women from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia who came to Australia to participate in the SHE conference. In addition, they actively developed business plans as a result of targeted training for microenterprise for climate projects, analysing case studies, and accepting mentors and partners for the future endeavours. The successful event demonstrated what can be achieved when all are included and given the space to share their knowledge.

CHEC’s Donnell Davis attended the event and contributed a report to “CHEC Points 40”. A snippet of that report can be seen below:

“The purpose of this project was to empower women through microenterprise to address climate change impacts for the short and longer terms in their communities in small island states. Representatives were nominated by Non-government organisations throughout the women’s and development networks. Applicants completed a concise questionnaire before being nominated for limited opportunities to come to Australia to participate in the Joint Conference for Society of Human Ecology and International Sustainability Scientists, and to complete a training course for Microenterprise for Women for Climate Projects.”

CHEC was very grateful to be involved and thanks Donnell for her report of the women and climate change workshop . A full copy of the report can be downloaded from CHEC’s CHEC Points Page or directly from here.

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