Create measurable change through the first project standard verifying gender impacts and emissions reductions in developing countries

Around the world, tens of millions of girls are still denied access to education. And every year, more than a quarter of a million women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth – 99% of them in developing countries.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals recognise the need for gender equality features in a standalone goal (SDG 5) and in targets across all other 16 goals.

Now, your organisation can contribute to SDG 5, accelerate gender equality and create measurable change by investing in empowering women in developing countries through projects that meet the W+ Standard.

Your investment will improve the lives of women and girls, cut carbon and provide economic wins for local communities. It will empower women in a transparent, accountable and measurable way without you needing to manage the projects yourself.

You can even use emissions reductions you finance to balance your own carbon footprint.

Empowerment: Good for Women, Good for the Planet

Recent research found that educating girls and providing family planning and healthcare where it meets women's expressed needs not only increase empowerment, equality, and well-being. Taken together these actions are more impactful and effective ways to protect our climate than any other solution surveyed.

W+: Setting the Standard for Women's Empowerment

The W+ Standard provides you with transparent and credible proof of your support for women's empowerment. It is a powerful way to communicate your engagement on gender and climate.

Its rigorous reporting standards are endorsed and verified by Verra, the leading global standard for the voluntary carbon market.

How Your Purchase Helps Women

Your purchase of W+ Units are generated by a project that empowers women in up to six ways:

  • Time - Increased wellbeing and productivity through time-saving
  • Income - Increased community funds or livestock, land, trees, or equipment under women's control
  • Education - Increased literacy, numeracy, or business, agriculture and health skills
  • Health - Improved air or water quality
  • Food Security - Decrease in periods of food insecurity
  • Leadership - Increased representation in governance bodies

Saving Women's Time through Distribution of Biogas Digesters and Stoves

In the Kavre and Sindhuli Districts of rural Nepal, women spend over two hours a day to gather wood from the forests and chop it for cooking and heating.

Biogas digesters and stoves provide a clean and renewable energy source reducing deforestation. Freeing women from this time-consuming and labour-intensive task enables them to spend time on increasing their income, learning new skills, growing additional crops, caring for children and the elderly, improving their health, supporting and taking on leadership roles in their community or benefitting from rare leisure time.

Find out more about the project empowering women in Nepal »

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