Business and Climate Justice: Empowering Women Through a Just Transition

Lunch will be provided at the end of the event.

Climate change is impacting all of us, but the severest and most immediate impacts are already being felt by the most vulnerable. The event will focus on the challenges facing women in the transition to a green economy.

We will explore, among other areas, the issue of energy. As COP President, Alok Sharma, has said, “the clean energy transition is central to tackling climate change”. Clean energy is also an important driver of social impact and a lever for empowering women.

Join us to learn from the latest thinking on empowering women through a green transition, with practical examples from leading businesses and practitioners. Take actionable insights back into your organisation and deepen your understanding of how your organisation can increase the impact and effectiveness of its efforts to address climate change and empower women, through partnerships between business, government and civil society.

Clean energy is key to increasing energy access for rural communities in Africa – with direct benefits for people’s lives, livelihoods, and learning. African rural women and girls are the most impacted by a lack of access to energy, and evidence suggests that COVID-19 has made this situation worse.

Clean energy also provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs – such as building and selling solar lamps and installing and maintaining solar panels. This can help build their economic resilience, and break barriers by placing women at the forefront of innovative technology and sustainable energy, helping to close the gender gap in STEM, and ensuring women in rural communities are included in the green economy.

This event is hosted by Business Fights Poverty, a business-led collaboration network focused on social impact, in partnership with The Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and The Green Girls Organisation, an NGO that empowers women to provide renewable energy to rural communities.


Mobilising Equitable, Just and Gender-Sensitive Climate Finance

As the University for the Common Good, Glasgow Caledonian University has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for its research strategy. Its flagship Centre for Climate Justice is committed to addressing the overarching objective of the SDGs of ‘leaving no one behind’.

This event will shine a spotlight on the need for Advancing Equitable, Just & Gender Sensitive Climate Finance. How can we accelerate and promote the practical action and radical change that is required to help the poorest communities and particularly women and girls get access to climate finance? How can we enable them to build resilience and reduce their vulnerability to climate-related disasters at all levels; households, the community and the economy?

This thought-provoking conversation will connect world-leading experts with the public to inspire participation and discuss locally-led action plans on gender-sensitive, climate just and inclusive climate financing needs.

Former President of Ireland Dr Mary Robinson will deliver a key-note address providing insights on the challenges faced by communities as they try to access finance and the success stories of women’s negotiating skills around accessing climate finance.

Macro-perspectives into how financing structures have changed and what remains to be done to bridge the climate just financing gap for women will be explored. We will deep-dive into the processes developed via the Climate Justice Lab in Brazil for progressive social change.

This event will be opened by Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Glasgow Caledonian University and Chaired by Professor Tahseen Jafry, Director of the Centre for Climate Justice at GCU.


Women in Finance Climate Action Group: practical steps to deliver finance for climate action and gender equality

Women and girls are hit hardest by climate impacts around the world. They are also hugely under-represented in climate negotiations.

Join Aviva CEO Amanda Blanc as she convenes the Women in Finance Climate Action Group – a collective of women leaders from around the world – to set out how we can tackle the connected issues of gender inequality and private climate finance.

The event will feature senior women from business, the public sector and civil society exploring how private finance can and must support both climate action and gender equality. It will focus on the tangible actions that are needed, underpinned by the first ever research report to look into the connection between these issues in depth.

Audience participation will be encouraged, with the Climate Action Group looking to connect and strengthen the network of women looking to help solve these issues around the world.


Faiths together for carbon neutral cities: an interfaith panel discussion with grassroots leaders

The panel will include Amandeep Kaur Mann (EcoSikh UK), Rajesh Purohit (Hindu Climate Action), Kamran Shezad (Bahu Trust) and Olivia Fuchs (Eco Dharma Network). It will be followed by a response from Olivia Hanks, a Quaker representative from Faith for the Climate’s Steering Group, and chaired by Canon Giles Goddard, founder and Chair of Faith for the Climate and member of the Church of England’s Environment Working Group.

The panel members are part of the Faith for the Climate capacity building project – a unique case study of the power of interfaith and intra-faith collaboration on climate action in cities and the built environment. Action on climate change is urgent, but it is also a new and confusing area for many people, who need an entry point to feel connected to the issue and to take ownership of their responses and contributions.

The four partner organisations have strong relationships with diasporic communities within their cultural and religious traditions, including in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, North America, Europe, East Africa and Southeast Asia. This event will showcase how emerging grassroots leaders from minority backgrounds in the UK have transformed and empowered themselves and their communities to take more effective climate action.


Earth Observers: From space frontiers to frontline farmers; a women-led debate on climate justice.

Women leaders from the worlds of science, space exploration, activism and the arts discuss how they’ve witnessed climate change from unique vantage points, and what they’ve learned about solutions, collaboration, and ambition.

Join Nicole Stott (Veteran-NASA Astronaut) and Julia Sanchez (Secretary General, ActionAid) as they share their experiences alongside women who are on the frontlines of climate change. Hear from women who are leading the fight against climate change in their communities and developing inclusive and sustainable solutions to help safeguard their lives and livelihoods.