washington dc | September 15, 2022 – On the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and the Rockefeller Foundation released key recommendations from political, nonprofit and business leaders to make advance gender equity.
Women leaders, including current and former heads of state, warn that “the rights of women and girls around the world are under threat; this moment of crisis obliges us both to hold the line and to continue to advance gender equality with cohesion and determination.
In a call for urgent action on gender equity, they state that “women’s progress is not a zero-sum game. It is a fundamental precursor to economic productivity, peace and prosperity.
Women leaders offer advice to accelerate progress based on a 2022 Global Women Leaders Summit at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy – documented in briefing notes. The 2022 Global Women Leaders Summit was chaired by Secretary Hillary Clinton and organized by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Key recommendations to support women’s leadership in a context of democratic backsliding, and the need for an inclusive climate action and development agenda include:
- Foster conditions for success for women political leaders, including creating support networks for women political leaders and heads of state to equip them with strategies to deal with backsliding. Women leaders should use their platforms to elevate the successes of other women leaders and call the shots.
- Catalyze private sector action for inclusive climate finance. Governments, businesses, foundations and civil society should put in place a climate finance scheme that increases access to capital for women’s organizations working in climate adaptation and resilience (including sustainable models in energy agriculture, solar fields, clean cookstoves and mini-grids). Corporate carbon offsets can be targeted at women-led organizations and local climate leaders, and support developing countries in their transition to clean energy.
- Promote women’s leadership at all levels of climate action. Governments should ensure gender parity at all levels of climate change decision-making, including COP delegations and high-level negotiations. Policy makers should involve women in the design, implementation and evaluation of inclusive climate interventions, especially in renewable energy, land ownership, land tenure and sustainable management of natural resources. This includes partnering with local women-led initiatives to identify needs and provide access to technology, training and support networks.
- Systematizing gender-sensitive conflict and crisis responses. Governments and international organizations should center women in the design and delivery of humanitarian assistance and recovery efforts. Women are essential to the effective delivery of aid and should be both leaders and beneficiaries of crisis response.
“We are fortunate to have the participation and insights of trailblazing women who have spent decades advancing women and girls,” said Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. “At this critical time, we look forward to partnering with the Rockefeller Foundation to bring some of these ideas to life in future programming.”
This work is supported through the Rockefeller Foundation’s Connected Leaders Platform (CLP), which supports breakthrough solutions and collective action. CLP attracts leaders, facilitates connections, and supports the integration of network resources, skills, and perspectives to drive major change.
“The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to have connected incredible leaders and helped them change the world. With its bold goal of ending gender injustice once and for all, the Global Women Leaders Summit will be remembered as a meeting where pioneering women leaders achieved a turning point in building a more equitable future.” , said Zia Khan, senior vice president of innovation at the Rockefeller Foundation.
About the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS)
Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security seeks to promote a more stable, peaceful and just world by focusing on the important role women play in preventing conflict and building peace. peace, growing economies and countering global threats such as climate change and violent extremism. We engage in rigorous research, host global meetings, advance strategic partnerships, and train the next generation of leaders. Housed within the Walsh School of Foreign Service in Georgetown, the Institute is led by former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at giwps.georgetown.edu and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @giwps and Instagram @georgetown_wps.
About the Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy founded on collaborative partnerships at the frontiers of science, technology and innovation that enable individuals, families and communities to flourish. We work to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal and sustainable. Our goal is to develop renewable energy for all, to stimulate economic mobility and to ensure equitable access to health care and nutritious food. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at rockefellerfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.
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