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Report of the Leadership/Mentoring Training Day on 10 November 2013

The training day was a start to a continued row of activities: the attendance of the women at the UNFCCC COP19, the establishment of a women’s leaders network, the organisation of different national gender policy dialogues and of regional conferences on the SDG/post-2015 process

12.11.2013 |




WECF in the context of the International Women Empowerment (IWE) project (funded by the Foreign Ministry of the Dutch Government) held a leadership training on 10 November 2013 in Warsaw, one day before the official COP 19 of the UNFCCC started.

The overall goal of the IWE project is to build the capacity of women’s organisations to advocate for the implementation of gender-equitable global goals within the post-2015/SDG process into national and international strategies, policies, funding mechanisms and laws for (sustainable) development.

In line with this overall goal WECF invited 7 women from various partner organisations of the WECF network coming from different countries (Bolivia, Columbia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uganda). The women learned and exchanged about the concept of leadership and mentoring, about international policy processes and the negotiations at the UNFCCC, but a strong focus was on the exchange of experiences being a “woman leader” on personal and professional level.

The part focussing on the exchange included the personal accounts of two experienced women leaders, Farah Kabir, the Action Aid country director of Bangladesh and Eva Quistorp, a well-known German peace, environmental and women’s rights activist. Their stories were very inspiring for the participating women and intense discussion entailed afterwards.

The training day was a start to a continued row of activities:  the attendance of the women at the UNFCCC COP19, the establishment of a women’s leaders network, the establishment of national mentoring programmes in the respective countries of the women, the organisation of different national gender policy dialogues and of regional conferences on the SDG/post-2015 process. These are activities, which will be part of the IWE programme and help to advance and foster the women’s built capacities sustainably. 



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