Women &
Earth Initiative

– Why and What?

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WORTH – because business as usual is simply inadequate to meet the challenges of today and their consequences for tomorrow

The world is evolving at an unprecedented speed with ever-changing and complex global and political challenges that demand new solutions to existing problems that cut cross sectors. When it comes to climate change adaptation and SRHR, there is an urgent need for action to prevent SRHR-related health issues and violations of rights and to make families resilient to changes in their everyday lives as a result of climate change.

Climate change exacerbates the challenges that many poor and marginalized women and girls are already facing due to lack of gender equality – including lack of respect, protection and fulfillment of their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Despite this reality, SRHR is rarely taken into account in the context of climate change adaptation problem analyses and solutions. The discourse on this nexus is almost nonexistent and action is missing.

For 2020, the programme is focused on climate change/environmental civil society organisations from four countries experiencing devastating consequences from climate change: Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

WORTH Innovation Lab Programme

The WORTH Initiative Innovation Lab Programme has been created to build the capacity of environmental/ climate change civil society actors on the nexus between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), climate change and innovation enabling them to create the best advocacy and programmatic solutions for the interlinked challenges faced at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels.

The lab programme consists of two physical innovation labs and an online learning course spanning over a period of 3-4 months. The labs involve a mix of presentations and participatory exercises that equip the participants with the needed skill set and tools to innovate new solutions for the challenges existing in the nexus between SRHR and climate change.

The lab programme highly emphasizes learning and knowledge sharing. We want to bring together creative minds to come up with the solutions to counter the great challenges resulting from the intersections between climate change and SRHR.

Participation in the labs is free of charge and the participants’ travel costs will be covered. In return, we expect participants to put in the necessary efforts before, during and between labs so that we can jointly come up with the best ideas.

WORTH Initiative Fund

The WORTH Initiative also establishes the WORTH Initiative Fund, which can provide a number of small grants for lab participants with the best ideas. The purpose of these grants is to give the participants the opportunity to give life to their ideas and test them in real life. Only those who participated in and completed the WORTH Innovation Lab Programme are eligible to apply for WORTH Initiative funds.

Why Apply?

The WORTH Initiative provides a space for learning, development and innovation, which will benefit yourself and your organization:

Innovation capacities

You will get the necessary tools and skills needed to think innovatively and make your ideas better


You will get in-depth insight into the nexus of sexual and reproductive health and rights and climate change


Work with and meet civil society representatives from other countries as well as experts on innovation, SRHR and climate change


After completing the WORTH innovation labs you have the possibility of receiving funding for making your innovation idea become reality

Apply for WORTH

Are you interested in applying for the WORTH Initiative programme?