Action 24 SGF WLTP

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The project seeks to elevate the status of climate change in the two areas as a crisis which will affect girls and young women more than any other group. In November 2018, 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded in Katowice, Poland, with no meaningful commitment from the Parties to increase substantially the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the amount of funding pledged to the UNFCCC financial mechanisms, like the Green Climate Fund. This outcome occurred despite the dire warnings highlighted in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report of October 2018 highlighting that the present NDCs will cause temperature rises way beyond the safe 1.5 degree Celsius target, resulting in climate chaos around the world, particularly in Africa. This WLTP project seeks to address the disconnect between Climate Change facts and human responses at local, provincial and national government levels.

The strategy for this project is within the feminist and gender discourse that explores the participation of girls and women in different projects at all levels as they are affected in a specific way by the challenges of climate change. This strategy seek to explore the meaning girls have constructed and communicate it with the legislators (in National Parliament and Provincial Legislature) without generalising, but presenting it as their truth, at least at the moment.

Objectives

  • Enable the girls who will suffer most from climate change to engage with National, Provincial and Municipal water structures in the Durban Metro and the Harry Gwala District Municipality.
  • Involve girls in joining civil society national and international networks that are pressuring the Parties to the UNFCCC to look beyond political expediency and address climate change seriously by increasing their NDCs and by funding mitigation and adaptation measures in vulnerable communities.

Activities (April 2019 – March 2020)

  • Baseline Survey
    WLTP will conduct a baseline survey in a sample group of fifty 10 to 14 and 15 to 19-year old girls, in 6 schools in two local municipalities in the Harry Gwala District and KwaMashu Ward 41.
    WLTP doesn’t know how well girls in these areas understand the climate change threat to their livelihoods and lives. They live in one of the poorest district municipalities in the country and in very under-resourced areas of  the KwaMashu township. The rural people are dependent on natural resources for survival and are involved in adaptation strategies.
    The activities will include: interviews and focus group discussions for data collection; data analysis by the group of girls conducting the survey.
  • Report back to the Researchees and education regarding the findings
    3 workshops with the girls volunteering on climate change advocacy will be organised. The objective will be to equip the participants with in-depth knowledge about the climate change issues they will be communicating about, and skills to communicate effectively in the lobbying processes at different levels, especially the district, provincial and national levels. This will allow them to realise their own voice and make it heard.
    This will also serve to communicate the results and findings of the research at local and national level, which is crucial so that a way forward can be carried out at all levels. The local communities should own the knowledge generated from the research, to plan their everyday lives. Different stakeholders as well should know that the voice of girls in rural areas is crucial as they experience climate change in a specific manner.
  • Engagement with the authorities
    At the beginning of the project, the participating girls will conduct a consultation process to make sure that they support the objectives and the methodology to be used in the Inhlabanhloso Project. The WLTP Area Coordinators and the Researcher will mentor and coach the girls who are involved in the process. WLTP has established a very good relationship with traditional leaders, officials of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, local municipalities and schools on waste, water and climate change initiatives.
  • Lobbying and advocacy: following survey data analysis, the girls who are involved in water adaptation strategies as part of WLTP’s Emthonjeni programme will discuss the results of the survey with the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Water Affairs in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature; the MPs responsible for the Harry Gwala District and KwaMashu areas; officials in the Provincial Departments of Water Affairs and Health; as well as Municipality officials and Traditional Leaders.

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Women’s Leadership & Training Programme (WLTP) is a non-profit organisation created in 1985 to empower girls and young women in a select number of rural and disadvantaged communities in KwaZulu Natal with skills to achieve transformation in their own lives, and the agency to transform local and global communities.
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Disclaimer: This web page was created with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the African Climate Reality Project and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.
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