“Men can be true advocates for women’s leadership and this Leadership Program that empowers both men and women for transformative gender relations is a need for this time, both for our work and our lives,” said Dr. Kinnalone Phommasack, Deputy Director of the Laos Department of Forestry at the Equality in Climate Change at the Training for Practitioners workshop held from September 23 to 26 in Vientiane.

The workshop is the second in a series of training seminars under the USAID Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF)-led Asia-Pacific Leadership Program on Gender, Climate Change and REDD+. USAID LEAF co-hosted this event with Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Laos and collaborated with USAID’s Low Emissions Asian Development program to train 18 gender champions from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.

Participants strengthened their their knowledge and ability to promote gender equality in REDD+ and learned how neglecting gender in the land use sector and climate change efforts impedes their institutions' ability to implement sustainable solutions to climate change challenges. 

Related website: http://www.leafasia.org/leaf-news-notes/gender-champions-gain-competencies-address-strategic-gender-issues-climate-change

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update