Women Environmental Programme (WEP), from 4th-5th November 2016 in Marrakech, Morroco, convened a 2-day training for expert women Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Africa.
The training was aimed at providing focused training to the expert women’s CSOs who will later share the lessons learnt with other CSOs at the national levels to enhance their capacity to monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The training was also used to strategize on how to engage in the Twenty Second meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that was holding in Marrakech.
This training was part of the activities of the Women2030 project -an EU funded coalition of 5 global and regional women and gender networks (Women in Europe for a Common Future, WECF; Women Environmental Programme, WEP; Global Forest Coalition, GFC; Gender and Water Alliance, GWA; and Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, APWLD) working towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals in 52 countries of the world.
The 2-day intensive training took participants through issues such as: concept of gender and gender mainstreaming in policies, programmes and legislations; gender-responsive assessments; gender budgeting; Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs; policy analysis, monitoring and advocacy related to SDGs and climate agreements; financial management; and media training.
This training was co-organized by WEP and WECF.
After this training, WEP and her partner expert CSOs from Africa joined other members of the Women and Gender Constituency at Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco, to engage in the twenty second session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22); the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12); and the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1).
WEP and her partners had a clear demand: that the strategies for implementing the Paris Agreement, the new global climate agreement which was adopted in Paris, France in December, 2015 and the Kyoto Protocol recognize the needs and promote participation of women; and that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) composition and processes involve more women. The Key Demands of Women at COP 22 were summed up and used for interventions at different sessions at COP22. Our partner CSOs from Africa – Mabel Monica Agba of The Development Institute Ghana, Hawa Nibi of Foundation for Grassroots Initiatives in Africa Ghana, Nkiruka Stella Nnaemego of Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative Nigeria, Titi Akosa of Center for 21st Century Issues Nigeria and others – had the opportunity to make interventions on behalf of the Women and Gender Constituency.
WEP also co-hosted and participated in several events at COP 22 ranging from Africa’s Gender Related Implication of Paris Climate Agreement organized by African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change which WEP is a member, African Women’s Day at COP 22, Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards, Gender Day at COP22, Africa Renewable Energy Initiative events to Exploring youth-led innovation & strategic advocacy as gateway to climate action, a side event that was organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment Nigeria. WEP also participated in the Global Gender and Climate Alliance’s (GGCA) Innovation Forum from 12-13 November at the Université Cadi Ayyad in Morocco, Marrakech, where John Baaki and Tracy Ogbonna of WEP shared experiences on the work of WEP in Nigeria around gender budgeting and breaking patriarchal barriers for gender sensitive climate change initiatives.
The interventions of WEP and other members of Women and Gender Constituency at COP 22 cannot be said to be in vain as some positive results were recorded. The decision on the continuation of Lima Work Programme on Gender was one of the successes recorded through women’s consistent advocacy.
Here are the decisions adopted by COP22, CMP12 and CMA 1.