our impact

How Climate Wise Women Make A Difference


1. Representation

Climate Wise Women has made it possible for grassroots women to tell their own stories directly to decision makers and influencers at UN climate forums including the COP (UNFCCC Conference of the Parties), UN General Assembly and Council for the Status of Women, and share their experiences at international colleges and universities and public thought-leadership events.


"(The) knowledge of local women, on the ground, is critical for fighting climate change. Policy-makers, sitting in UNFCCC negotiating rooms, can’t know these details. That’s why empowering the on-the-ground voices and increasing their leadership is so important. "

— Vice Impact 2018



2. Grants

Climate Wise Women has connected grant opportunities with women-led community resilience groups in Papua New Guinea, Uganda and Maldives.  The majority of these grants have been first-time international grants for the recipients.

The Osukuru United Women’s Network was the recipient of  a 2018 grant from Global Greengrants which provided the women farmers with oxen and plough teams.  This decreased typical sowing time from 30 days, using a handheld hoe, to a day and a half with the oxen, enabling the women to get ahead of the uncertainties of climate change.  They also experimented with a climate-resistant pumpkin seed to replace the traditional maize. Their successful yield will triple the revenue normally produced.


3. Media Coverage

Stories about Climate Wise Women have appeared in The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, The Guardian, CNN, The Weather Channel, BBC, National Public Radio, The Telegraph,  Public Radio International, Die Zeit, among others.

This coverage has generated new speaking opportunities, attracted the attention of influential international organizations, and strengthened grant proposal submissions.

I think a lot of the issues we are facing locally have really been promoted publicly because of the Climate Wise Women and our affiliation as a group of women who are affected at the local level but are able to have a coordinated voice.
— Ursula Rakova, Executive Director, Tulele Peisa, Papua New Guinea