Virtual mentorship programs
This was done through the Young Women Negotiators project which the organization has initiated to train women and girls and equip them with skills on various climate change related topics so they easily champion and negotiate for climate action at all levels. Five sessions were conducted and the topics which were discussed included; Climate change and gender, climate change and biodiversity conservation, climate change capacity building and technology transfer and proposal writing.
Climate Change and Biodiversity
A presentation was made by Dr. Heidi Steltzer who is a Mountain and Artic Scientist and also the IPCC lead author on High Mountain Areas, 2019 SROCC on the 17th of October.
The aim of this session was to help participants to fully grasp the concept of Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation mainly focusing from a mountain perspective in Malawi as well as in the United States and on how Climate Change is affecting biodiversity and also why it is important to conserve biodiversity.
This was centered at enhancing proposal writing skills, create an environment where young women and girls can interact and brainstorm ideas, enhance their presentation skills and to find out which proposal can be implemented and funded even Green Girls is to have enough funds. The session was facilitated by Joy Munthali on the 10th and 17th of October.
Climate change capacity building and technology transfer
The session was conducted on the 10th of October, 2021 and aimed at helping participants to fully understand the concept of Climate Change Capacity Building and Technology Transfer and how it can be used to tackle the issues of
Climate Changes as well as the various methods which can be adopted and put in use.
The facilitation was done by Joyceline N. M. Biya who has a Masters in Environmental Engineering obtained from Technische Universität Darmstadt Germany.
Climate change and gender
The session was done on the 3rd of October, 2021 by Prisca Chakholoma. The main aim was to understand the overall gender dimensions of climate change in Africa and Malawi in particular and specify gender-based inequities that contribute towards the disproportionate exposure and vulnerability of women to the effects of climate change, and the role of women as key agents of change in climate responses.
She talked about Climate Change and the link it has with Gender in particular to the gender gap that exists in the area. She tackled on the dimensions of gender inequality in climate change including the vulnerabilities women face. The last topic she dwelled on was the implication climate change has on the rights of women.
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