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Hummus & Human Rights Part 7: Women’s Environmental Leadership
Wednesday 15 July 2020 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm BST
Women around the globe are at the forefront of addressing the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation; designing, implementing, and scaling up their own solutions. They are leaders in environmental protection not least because socially defined gender roles often position women and girls as stewards of the physical, economic, and cultural well-being of their communities.
This dynamic places the responsibility for natural resource management and use squarely on women and girls. As a result, they are also disproportionately impacted by damage to water, land, and clean air. Consequently, their leadership is key to protecting these resources.
Yet, too often women are marginalised from decision-making on natural resources, and are critically underfunded in their own solutions. Where women’s rights are not protected, the environment suffers, too. Join us to hear stories about women from around the world that are protecting the environment, and discuss how we can all help empower women environmental leaders for our shared planet.
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Sandy McClure, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Global Greengrants Fund UK
Sandy has 20 years of experience in the international development and human rights sector in project management and fundraising roles. She has worked for international NGOs such as Amnesty International, Action Aid, and Progressio, as well as local community organisations in Afghanistan, Nepal and the UK. Most recently Sandy worked for a grassroots environmental organisation in London, running a campaign to reduce single use plastics.
Eva Rehse, Executive Director, Global Greengrants Fund UK
Before joining Global Greengrants Fund UK as its first full-time member of staff, Eva worked for Amnesty International as an International Projects Advisor, and with CIVICUS/Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Eva also worked with the Scottish Biodiversity Forum where she was part of creating Scotland’s first biodiversity strategy. Eva is a member of the European Steering Group of the EDGE Funders Alliance, the Alliance Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, and co-convenor of the international funders network of the Association of Charitable Foundations. Greengrants Fund UK is a participatory grantmaking fund, working with donors and volunteers around the world to support grassroots environmental initiatives, as solutions to environmental harm and social injustice come from people whose lives are most impacted.