Providing networking opportunities

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programmes
Through the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programmes, multiple Chairs have been created on issues related to gender and women’s empowerment (GEWE), bringing together higher education and research institutions, and encouraging international and regional cooperation to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work on these topics. Among the Chairs working on issues related to GEWE, five of them focus on promoting women’s participation in sustainable development and water resources management whereas five other aims at empowering women in science and technology.

Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)
UNESCO has been a member of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance since its launch in 2007. This network works to ensure that climate change policies, decision-making, and initiatives at the global, regional and national levels are gender-responsive.

Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
As a global women’s advocacy organization, and through various partnerships, including with the United Nations, WEDO’s mission is to ensure that women’s rights, social, economic and environmental justice, and sustainable development principles – as well as the linkages between them – are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) 
UNESCO hosts OWSD, a network of more than 4,000 members throughout the world, created to provide research training, career development and networking opportunities for women scientists at different stages of their careers, as well as give to girls and women in science the opportunity to meet role models and mentors. OWSD’s overall goal is to bridge the gender gap in science and technology.

Gender and Climate Change (GenderCC)
GenderCC is a global platform for information, knowledge-sharing, and networking on gender and climate change.

Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN)
As an international peer-mentoring network of women in the earth science – and climate science is an earth science – ESWN’s mission is to increase the diversity of the earth science workforce and community, as well as improve the retention of women in earth science professions by promoting career development, building community, providing opportunities for mentoring and support, and facilitating professional collaborations.

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
WECAN is a global network fostering collaboration between grassroots activists, indigenous and business leaders, farmers, scientists, academics, and policy-makers to fight against climate change.

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