February 26, 2016

International Womens Day: 8th March

Women in remote rainforest communities face difficult challenges. Historically, income generation and investment decisions have fallen to men, and girls have had less access to education.

But across all Cool Earth’s partnerships, from the Amazon to Papua New Guinea, your support is changing that.

Here are just some of the ways you’re backing the women and girls who are keeping rainforest standing:

school girls in rainforest The Best Possible Start By improving healthcare and ensuring everyone can go to school, our partner villages are making sure girls have the best start in life.
International Womens Day: 8th March Less Time Fetching Water Providing clean, safe water supplies means more time can be spent on income generating activities, like growing cacao.
International Womens Day: 8th March Building Capacity Some of our partner communities have invested funds in computer training for women's groups, and cooperatives to boost incomes and access new markets.
woman in bakery hut in rainforest Cooking up Incomes Our Yakolima partnership in Papua New Guinea has recently funded a new bakery which is giving women in the community the opportunity to earn their own money selling scones and bread in the local market.

Empowering women to save rainforest

Extra income and better lives for women reduces the pressure to sell trees, and contributes to a brighter future for the whole community.

In a group of women surveyed from our Awajún partnership, 92 percent have considerably higher self-esteem, 85 percent of the women’s hopes for the future of their community have improved a lot, and 97 percent feel empowered.


“Women were forgotten before and it is recent that we have started to work. We’re trying to save our traditions little by little and move forwards.”

Balbina Paukai, President of AMARNO Board

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