World Economic Forum, New York Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship announced 40 awardees for Social Innovation Driving Change and Transforming Society at the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit (SDI) held in New York on Sept 23, 2019. Naseem Shaikh, Swayam Shikshan Prayog - SSP received the award on behalf of Prema Gopalan.
Grassroots Women’s Organizations Mobilized for Climate Week NYC
“Women’s land ownership is crucial to developing resilient food production and consumption systems,” says Godavari Dange, a farmer and community leader associated with SSP, on the Resilient Future Day linked to the Climate Week NYC 2019 in New York. Speaking at the forum she strongly urged the involvement of women in food value chains, their access to technical knowledge and technology for addressing global food and nutrition security needs. Naseem Shaikh from SSP presented on the importance of grassroots women’s leadership in mapping climate risks and managing the Community Resilience Fund for locally-led climate innovations. “Women have used the resilience fund to secure livelihoods, build and maintain assets and leverage government schemes linked to climate change adaptation. Thus, there is an urgent need to devolve climate finance at community level, recognize and strengthen grassroots’ leadership in accelerating climate actions,” she said.