The global climate crisis, the loss of biodiversity, and growing gender inequality are closely related. These intersecting and mutually reinforcing issues prevent girls, women, trans, intersex, non-binary people, and their communities from exercising the right to water, food security, and a clean, healthy, and safe environment.
Because we are aware of this problem and are steadfastly committed to mobilizing and providing resources to those who execute true climate solutions, GAGGA emerged in 2016. GAGGA is a global alliance for climate and gender justice led by FCAM, in collaboration with Mama Cash, a women’s fund, and Both ENDS, an environmental fund, with funding from the Dutch government and, more recently, the Canadian government and other private foundations.
Eight years later, we are proud to have built an ecosystem of collaborative work, with twenty-five women’s and socio-environmental funds as well as fifty-two NGOs that provide financial and technical support to more than 670 grassroots organizations working in fifty-seven countries.
Through GAGGA we undoubtedly address one of the key problems of our times: environmental degradation and its impact on the planet. However, our approach goes beyond climate change adaptation and mitigation actions; it prioritizes the leadership and actions of the communities most affected by the climate crisis, who, through their ancestral knowledge, community practices, and worldviews address the structural causes to give real and forceful answers that center life.
We believe in collective power and joining efforts; we believe human rights shouldn’t be limited by borders; and we believe in promoting the bonds between movements. This is why we have either led or participated in at least twelve joint initiatives, implemented in and outside Central America, since 2008. These initiatives have allowed us to strengthen our work and learn with other allied women’s organizations and funds. Likewise, we have been able to mobilize resources that otherwise wouldn’t have reached our countries.
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