Join us to discuss The Power of Women’s Leadership in Crisis

by 20th Nov 2020
Join us to discuss The Power of Women’s Leadership in Crisis

The UK government has a crucial role to play in supporting women and girls, in all their diversity, to lead on climate change in 2021 as hosts of the G7 and COP26.

On Monday 23rd November 2-3pm GMT, join the Big Tent and CARE International UK, ActionAid UK, Plan International UK, Wen (Women’s Environmental Network) and the Centenary Action Group (CAG) as they explore the importance of women and girls’ leadership in the management of the climate crisis.

Register here: The Power of Women’s Leadership in Times of Crisis

Experience tells us that diverse women and girl’s leadership supports effective and inclusive action to emergencies. It is, therefore, essential to tackle the climate crisis. In communities and in policy discussions around the world, women and girls are bringing forward effective initiatives to tackle the climate crisis; particularly women most affected by climate change in the global south. Women also have a right to be equally represented in decision-making spaces at every level.

We will be asking:

  • How are women leaders are responding to the current crises?
  • What are the frameworks that support equal participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process?
  • How can we continue tackling the barriers that remain for women, especially those most affected by climate change and young women, to participate equally?
  • How is the UK using its COP Presidency to address gender inequality and climate change, including implementing the Gender Action Plan?

Take part in this much-needed discussion examining these issues of significant global importance.


  • Faeeza Vaid MBE (Chair), Executive Director, Muslim Women’s Network UK and CAG Steering Group
  • Salka Sigurdardottir, International Climate Negotiator, COP Unit, Cabinet Office
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator of the Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad
  • Meera Ghani, Policy Coordinator, ECOLISE (European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability), and previous delegate to UN climate negotiations
  • Bridget Burns, Director, WEDO (Women’s Environment & Development Organisation)

For more information on this topic and to learn about the organisers’ work in this area, please see resources below.

CARE International

CARE responds to the climate crisis by empowering poor and marginalised people, particularly women and girls, to take action on climate change at all levels and to build knowledge for global change. We also call for immediate action to tackle the climate emergency. Through local-to-global-to-local advocacy, we are arguing for a model of development that is socially just, ecologically sustainable, respects human rights and limits planetary warming to 1.5°C.

CARE’s #SheLeadsInCrisis campaign is calling for women and girls most affected by the climate crisis to be able to lead the response. Find out more about why this is crucial for effective climate action here:

Centenary Action Group (CAG)

CAG is a coalition campaigning to remove the barriers to women’s political representation. We fight for an equal and representative democracy where women are directly involved in the decisions that affect their lives without discrimination, prejudice, or fear of violence and harassment. Head to the CAG website for more information on our work and how you can get involved.

Equal Power is a three-year project led by The Fawcett Society in partnership with Centenary Action Group, Muslim Women’s Network, The Parliament Project, Glitch, Citizens UK and 50:50 Parliament to get more women in all of our diversity into politics at every level. Over the three years we’re running an inspiring programme of training for women on how to successfully stand as an MP or local councillor, which includes peer support circles and mentoring opportunities as well as training on community activism and leadership.

Equal Power will also strengthen existing networks for women already in politics. We’ll be inviting women to campaign with us and help to tear down the barriers that keep women out of politics and public life. Sign up here:


ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

In humanitarian crises, ActionAid works to promote women’s leadership, ensuring women are empowered to make decisions about the needs of their community. We know that women bring vital skills, resources and experience to humanitarian response. And when crises happen, they are often first responders, taking risks and playing critical roles in the survival of families and communities.

Find out how women’s leadership is saving lives:

Wen (Women’s Environmental Network)

Wen, together with Women’s Budget Group, have published a Feminist Green New Deal UK briefing and policy paper. We’ll be holding a series of grassroots workshops and roundtables across the UK to build support for a Feminist Green New Deal that puts gender, racial and social equality at the centre. At COP26 we will be holding a Feminist Green New Deal event in partnership with the Women’s Budget Group, WEDO (Women’s Environment & Development Organisation) and CEMVO Scotland. Keep up to date with this and other news by signing up to our newsletter.

To find out more about Wen’s work visit:

Plan International 

Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children's rights and equality for girls. Read more about their work supporting climate change activism here:

Francesca Rhodes

I work in CARE International UK’s Advocacy and Policy team. I focus on gender and climate change, women’s leadership in crisis and am currently working on the COVID-19 crisis and CARE’s #SheLeadsInCrisis campaign. 

Previously, I worked on gender and economic inequality, women's labour rights, unpaid care work, feminist foreign policy and safe abortion. My particular interest is in feminist leadership approaches, policy analysis and development, campaign and advocacy planning, facilitation and programme development. I previously worked for Oxfam GB and Canada, and the UK Gender and Development Network.

Twitter: @frankirhodes