Women in Global South Alliance for tenure and climate (WiGSA)

An Alliance to advance women’s empowerment worldwide by advocating for climate finance to directly reach Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local community women and girls on the frontline of climate action and conservation.


At CoP27 in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, women’s organizations from Asia, Africa, and Latin America launched a new advocacy network called the Women in Global South Alliance for tenure and climate (WiGSA). It is an alliance of women’s organizations, groups, and associations in the Global South working to scale up direct climate finance for Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local community women and girls.


Over the last three years, RRI’s Gender Justice Program strategy on cross-regional peer learning mobilized more than 75 Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local community grassroots women’s organizations and networks from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The cross-regional exchanges became unique spaces for identifying ongoing local efforts to advance systemic changes regarding women’s tenure rights. This strategy had two significant results: i) the creation of a new advocacy tool called Our Call to Action; and ii) the formation of a Global South Alliance between Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local community women.

Our Call to Action highlights the need to secure direct access to funding for grassroots women’s groups and organizations. The Call describes the type of strategies women on the ground are developing with little financial support and provides recommendations to donors, policymakers, and government on how to make funding more flexible and accessible to women and girls in the Global South. Recommendations include allocating dedicated funds to securing women’s land, forest, and water tenure rights; providing sustained financial support to ensure strategic leadership and participation of women and girls in decision-making processes at all institutional levels; and more. The Call is currently endorsed by 42 organizations globally representing millions of Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant Peoples, and local communities.

WiGSA was formed to enhance women’s strategic advocacy at national and international levels focusing on influencing government, donors, and the international community to increase and secure direct climate finance for Indigenous, Afro-decendant, and local community women’s rights agendas.

What makes WiGSA unique?

  • WiGSA is unique in its mission because it addresses a historical gap in international commitments to directly support women’s roles in achieving global climate and conservation goals and securing communities’ land and resource rights.
  • The Alliance advocates for the incorporation of a gender-inclusive lens to existing and emerging global funding architecture and programming and to scale up funding for grassroots women in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • WiGSA brings together voices, views, knowledge, and the diversity of women’s rights agendas and their strategies to make systemic changes at local, national and international levels.
"Climate finance must not leave Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and local community women and girls behind! We are working on global issues that need global perspectives which is what the formation of WiGSA is all about."
Archana Soreng, youth climate activist from the Kharia Tribe in India and member of the UN Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change


Criteria for joining the alliance

  • A grassroots women’s organization, group or association representing Indigenous, Afro-descendant, or local community women and/or girls
  • A regional Indigenous, Afro-descendant, or local women’s network, association or platform
  • A non-governmental organization (foundation, institution) led by Indigenous, Afro-descendant, or local community women supporting the rights of women and/or girls

For more information on WiGSA, contact Omaira Bolaños.