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USAID LEAF Gender Champions Share Inspiring Stories of Climate Change Solutions

USAID LEAF Gender Champions celebrate their success stories
04 November 2015

USAID LEAF has worked over the past two years to strengthen the technical and leadership skills of 24 Gender Champions to better address gender issues in forestry and climate change. In the concluding workshop for the Asia-Pacific Leadership Initiative on Gender and Climate Change, Gender Champions from six countries gathered this week in Trat, Thailand, to celebrate their success stories and identify the impacts of the Leadership Initiative as well as discuss key recommendations for replication and upscaling. Sharing her successes in Vietnam, Hoai Nam Hoang Cong of the Lam Dong Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, talked about how she was grateful that “USAID has given me the necessary skills to make me more confident.” The Gender Champions also joined local women leaders on a field trip to a mangrove forest to see first-hand activities that address conservation and livelihood issues in the Mairoot community. Patty Alleman, Senior Regional Gender Advisor at USAID RDMA, said the Gender Champions are “a chorus for gender equality and women's leadership across Asia and the Pacific. Their leadership has led to system level changes in their own countries and regionally.”