Ahead of the 2016 Marrakesh climate change Summit, the Centre for 21st century Issues (C21st), one of the Civil society Organization (CSOs) working with Women Environment Program in Africa under the Women CSO networking to realize the sustainable Development Goals project also known as Women 2030 Project participated in the African regional Train Of Trainers (TOT) which held from 4-5 of November 2016 in Marrakesh Morocco.
The Women 2030 project is an European union funded Project being implemented in 52 countries across different regions of the world by a coalition of 5 global regional women and gender networks working towards the realization of the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG-13 on Climate Action. The organizations are; Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF); Women Environmental Programme (WEP); Global Forest Coalition (GFC); Gender and Water Alliance (GWA); and Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).
The TOT which was aimed at building the capacity of women organizations in Africa to advise local, national and regional gender responsive sustainable development policies (2030 agenda and Paris Agreement ) brought together 30 women’s organization from Across Africa.
The two day training introduced participants to the Women 2030 Project and explained the responsibilities of participating organizations to monitor the implementation of the SDGs in their countries and how to achieve change on the ground with women and men through gender assessments, writing of shadow reports, policy dialogues and sharing lessons learnt.
After the training the women participated in the Marrakesh climate summit working with the Women and gender Constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to voice the needs and concerns of women in the global climate discussions particularly addressing structural barriers to climate protection and the urgent need for a gender just climate action.
Towards the implementation of the women 2030 project in Nigeria, C21st will work with Fresh and Young Brains Initiative (FBI) to train and coordinate other CSOs to monitor and track the implementation of the SDGs in the next four years .