WIDE+ is leading a consortium of seven organisations of which six are WIDE+ member organisations coupled with the key gender and climate justice organisation for Europe: Gender CC to implement a collaboration entitled: “Gender and Climate Justice: Knowledge for Empowerment” that is financially supported by the EACEA. This project builds up tools, knowledge and methodologies for learners to upskill themselves (in groups, individually or with a teacher) in the relationships between gender inequality and the climate crisis. This includes providing tools for adult education providers. The project starts in January 2023 and will continue for three years.
The Project activities are as follows:
Multiplier events and international training with as objectives:
- The training meetings will help systematize the knowledge being developed in the project results.
- The multiplier events serve as a basis to elaborate, work with, and disseminate our information materials and training tools.
- In both activities there will be methodologies taught, developed and/or practiced.
- Participatory associations and other associations providing adult education will learn about participatory adult education approaches and methods with the aim to build knowledge jointly.
- The activities will support promoting advocacy and alliance building between women´s organisations and climate justice initiatives.
PROJECT RESULT 1: Introduction/Toolkit
This toolkit contains a briefing paper (length: 8 pages) with 4 thematic factsheets (each 2 pages) on gender equality and climate justice in seven languages (English, German, Bulgarian, Danish, Spanish, French and Swedish). Each paper can also be read and disseminated separately from the other materials. That is why it is called a toolkit, as associations can make use of the 5 papers in different ways and separately from each other. Briefing paper “gender and climate justice” will introduce the intersections of inequality and climate change.
The 4 Fact Sheets on Gender and Climate Justice will address the sub-topics:
• mobility/sustainable transport;
• extractivism and women’s activism against socioecological exploitation;
• energy – sustainable production, inclusive access, and feminist perspectives on climate policy, and
• LGBTIQ+ rights and Climate Justice.
Summary Output: the toolkit will have provided a basic introduction on the above-mentioned topics that allow readers to understand the linkages, though the methodologies developed in the other two project results will enable deeper learning, through repetition and different methods to better remember and understand the provided knowledge.
PROJECT RESULT 2: Online Trainers Resource bank
There will be an online trainers resource bank “Gender & Climate Justice: Knowledge for Empowerment” placed on WIDE+ website and those of the project partners. Here information will be gathered that can be used as a trainers methodology, material for study, etc. Each partner will provide two examples like methodologies or other materials. Each example will be used in the project, during any of the events.
All methodologies will be made available in English next to the original language and can be used also as a standalone tool. Components include pedagogical approach,methodological instructions, tailored assessment questions, materials to use like graphics, video, and art pages. In addition, there will be a glossary and useful links prepared. The materials will be based on the content developed in project result 1 and the focus of this trainers resource bank is group-based or learning with a teacher.
Target groups are adult educators and multipliers from the constituencies of the partners with as longer term objective that the project results will be further disseminated about adult educators. In our experience, adult educators have good facilitation skills but lack the background knowledge to explain the intersection between gender & climate change. Members of the envisioned target groups are very engaged persons, highly motivated to move the social and environmental agenda forward. If they understand that fighting for gender equality has strong positive impacts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they will integrate this knowledge into their educational activities quickly.
Summary Output: Adult educators from organisations who engage in environmental education, women’s rights education and/or global education will be enabled to promote knowledge-building on the intersection between gender and climate change. Partners will have built their capacity through a transnational exchange with another partner, using their material(s).
PROJECT RESULT 3: E-learning Tool
E-learning Tool: “Capacity building on the link between Gender & Climate Justice”. This e-learning tool will allow individual adult learners to gain a basic knowledge on the interrelationship between gender and climate justice. It will consist of 5 modules which can be completed and accessed independently. Topics are the same as for the other two project results: Gender & climate justice – introductory module; mobility/sustainable transport; extractivism and women’s activism against socioecological exploitation; energy – sustainable production, inclusive access, and feminist perspectives on climate policy, and – ‘LGBTIQ+ and Climate Justice’
The learning time will be around 90-120 minutes per module/week, to be completed at one’s own pace over 2-3 weeks. The modules will be available for free on the GenderCC and WIDE+ website via a moodle platform among others. This e-learning tool will allow individual adult learners to gain a basic knowledge on the interrelationship between
gender and climate justice. The pandemic has underscored the importance of digital learning tools. The need for easily accessible educational online resources will only increase. The e-learning course aims to enhance the knowledge of a wide range of adult learners. We do not expect any prior information on gender and or climate justice, but we do aim for learners that are active within civil society (e.g. CSO, grassroots organizations, women’s organization) in movements (e.g. Fridays for future, LGBTIQ+ activists) or public institutions, especially in gender equality programmes or related activities. In this way the knowledge can be used to help users promote or make changes that affect communities at large.
Summary Output: Adult learners will individually be able to master basic knowledge and insight about the relationships between gender inequality and issues relating to the climate crisis.
The associations involved are: WIDE+ (Europe), GenderCC in Germany, WIDE in Austria, GADIP in Sweden, KULU Women and Development Denmark, Mundubat in Spain and CSCD in Bulgaria.