BUILD WOMEN’S LIVELIHOODS , RESILIENCE AND LEADERSHIP
Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation
Our programs include community-level capacity building, using participatory community mapping; monitoring and evaluation, strengthening the partnership between poor communities and local government to develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation system for CBDRM activities; community-driven infrastructure development construction of safe water, organic gardens, water harvesting, community-driven disaster risk reduction preparedness to support safer commune planning for disaster preparedness and response, improved early warning and communications systems, evacuation plans and demonstration and food and water storage systems. We have formed over 100 women-led groups for resilience and adaptation against climate change, urging government and businesses to take action to advocate for climate-smart adaptation strategies.
Tree Planting and Reforestation PrograM
Our tree planting and reforestation program is designed to support local agro-forestry goals, which are to improve livelihoods and restore degraded land through tree growing and planting in our region. The program assist communities throughout Binga Hwange and Lupane districts with the design, establishment and management of tree nurseries, tree planting programs, and reforestation activities.
Resilience Building towards Climate Change:
We work with women for sustainable development and climate change adaptation. We work in partnership with grassroots women groups who have been trained as advocates in resilience-building toward climate change, leaders, facilitators in community mapping, representatives to conduct local-to-local dialogues, implementers in peer exchanges to build constituencies and networks and to influence and change public policies and processes at the local, national and international levels. We enable women to achieve equal control over the factors of production and to participate equally in the development process. This includes involving women in the decision-making process to achieve balance of control between men and women over the factors of production, without one in a position of dominance. Through Community Practitioner Platforms (CPP) we create shifts and changes in national and local governance, legislation, policies and financial mechanisms. Our local partnership with grassroots women networks and key stakeholders has also led to the participation of schools in disaster risk reduction (DRR) to effectively mobilize students to deliver information on climate change in their community.
Clean-Up Campaign Program
In partnership with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Rural District Councils and Women Ambassadors we conduct regular clean-up campaigns. These clean-up campaigns come at a time when environmental sustenance issues are at the centre of every discussion as more women and youth groups are committed to doing their part. These clean-up campaigns are more than just picking up litter, it is an initiative that has become an important source of revenue for many people who cannot find formal employment and it is their own source of income. Women and young people scavenge through items such as containers, plastic and other materials to construct shelters or create art effects.
In the absence of concerted efforts to address the gender gap in agriculture in the context of a changing climate we use the gender-responsive approach to climate-smart agriculture by empowering women farmer groups to formulate action plans with the key activities of rethinking sources of cash income. Our experience has shown that strengthening women’s capacity in climate-smart agriculture requires an integrated approach that simultaneously addresses the structural barriers women farmers face within the context of a changing climate.