Non-Profit Organization Educates Impoverished Women on Ways to Take Action Against Climate Change

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India based non-profit, Mahila Housing Sewa Trust (MHT) has been one of the 15 recipients of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Awards.

The award will be given at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25), hosted by the Chilean government in Madrid, Spain, on December 10. The COP25 is being held from December 2-12.

The project led by MHT, which organizes and empowers women in low-income households to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change will receive a UN award next month.

The Mahila Housing Sewa Trust’s initiatives have so far helped 25,000 low-income families across seven cities in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

The project is centered around an integrated model wherein women take the lead through collective action and technology incubation to devise locally relevant, pro-poor, gender-sensitive, and climate-resilient solutions.

For example, women were trained to be energy auditors who encourage households to switch to more efficient products, forming a women-led distribution network of green energy and building products.

Other solutions include using sprinkler taps to reduce the flow of water, harvesting rainwater, and other behavioral changes leading to more than 60 percent of households reporting to have an increase in water quantity and more than 32 percent having sufficient water during summers.

Through projects like these, the Mahila Housing Sewa Trust is empowering women to take action against four major climate risks: heatwaves, flooding and inundation, water scarcity, and water-vector-borne diseases, says the United Nations Climate Change.

It says the Mahila Housing Sewa Trust has helped organize 114 community action groups, which have reached out to 27,227 women in 107 slums.

Of the women they’ve worked with, 8,165 women were recorded to demonstrate an increase in “knowledge-seeking behavior”.

Over 1,500 women have been trained as climate-saathis, who are responsible for communicating the issue of climate change with their community in their local language.

Through this communications exercise, the proportion of participants who viewed climate change as an act of god reduced from 26 to nine percent.