Pastoral Womens Council

Climate Resilience and Adaptation

  • Scale up data collection and consultations with women and communities to gather their insights on climate change adaptation.

  • Collaborate with local communities, leaders, and district governments to develop Community Climate Change Action Plans, including climate-smart pastoralism approaches.

  • Provide technical support to help communities implement these plans and closely monitor their progress.

  • Ensure meaningful participation of women throughout the process to ensure successful and sustainable outcomes.

  • Leverage partnerships with Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) and The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to tap into their expertise in rangeland management and climate change adaptation.

  • By 2024, 40% of PWC’s target communities will possess knowledge of climate change adaptation and coping strategies.

  • Integrate Climate Action Plans into local government plans and implement them in three districts by 2024.

This strategy aims to empower pastoral communities with knowledge and tools to effectively adapt to the changing climate, while also involving women in decision-making processes and leveraging partnerships to ensure successful implementation. The ultimate goal is to enhance the resilience and sustainability of these communities in the face of climate challenges.

Cross Cutting Approaches

The strategic plan outlines cross-cutting approaches aimed at building climate change resilience and adaptability, promoting gender equality, enhancing awareness of rights, safeguarding women and children, and engaging men and male youth. These approaches are designed to address various challenges within pastoralist communities and drive lasting change:

Building Climate Change Resilience and Adaptability: PWC recognizes the unequal impact of climate change on men and women within pastoralist communities. It commits to integrating climate resilience and adaptation efforts into its work, particularly focusing on empowering women and girls with information and skills to adapt and thrive in the face of climate shocks.

Changing Negative Social Norms: PWC acknowledges the role of deeply ingrained cultural beliefs and social norms in perpetuating gender inequalities. To achieve sustainable change, PWC will build the capacity of its staff to address these norms and make social norms change an integral part of its programming.

Enhancing Awareness of Rights: PWC acknowledges the importance of raising awareness about the rights of women and girls. It plans to continue mainstreaming rights awareness throughout its work, recognizing that such knowledge is crucial for boosting the confidence of women and girls and supporting broader social norms change.

Safeguarding Women and Children: PWC recognizes the prevalence of violence against women and girls, both physical and sexual, within pastoralist communities. PWC is committed to working with schools, communities, and local committees to prevent and mitigate this violence, and it aims to integrate these efforts into its policies, procedures, and programming.

Engaging Men and Male Youth: PWC emphasizes the need for male involvement and support in achieving gender equality. It plans to strategically engage men in its programs and activities, including targeting male youth who may be resistant to efforts for gender equality.