MEDA hosts parallel event at the NGO Commission on the Status of Women Forum (NGO CSW66) to raise awareness of how women entrepreneurs are taking climate action

Waterloo, ON– On March 15th, MEDA will host the Social Entrepreneurship at the Gender Equality and Climate Change Nexus session on March 15th at 8:00am – 9:30am EDT (Waterloo). This virtual event is a part of the NGO Commission on the Status of Women Forum (NGO CSW66), which organizes civil society events and runs in parallel with official Commission on the Status of Women sessions. MEDA’s engaging panel discussion will illustrate how women are at the forefront of creating sustainable climate change solutions and outline what is needed to continue supporting them.

Event Keynote speakers:

  • Happy Amos, founder and Managing Director of Roshan Renewable Technologies Ltd, the first woman-led company to provide affordable and locally made clean cooking and lighting products and services for households across Nigeria 
  • Yelfign Ayenew, Gender Specialist with MEDA’s EMERTA project in Ethiopia, who works to ensure women’s empowerment and gender equality in agricultural and gemstone value chains in the Amhara region 
  • Sylvia Herzog, Director of The Charcoal Project (TCP) – a US-based non-profit focused on finding solutions to unsustainable production and consumption of wood fuels around the world 
  • Dr. Dan Sweeney, lead researcher and lecturer for the Biomass Fuel & Cookstoves Group at MIT D-Lab, who works with his team on manufacturing and product R&D with D-Lab community partners, including many women entrepreneurs, to study the climate, health and livelihood benefits of household energy technologies and behaviors in lab- and field-based research

Leanne Baumung is the event’s moderator and MEDA’s Technical Specialist in Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.

Women social entrepreneurs make great contributions to alleviate the local effects of climate change and build social, environmental, and economic resilience. MEDA is committed to further providing opportunities to promote gender equality, climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods. This event is fully aligned with our strategic plan, Towards an Equal World, and our core values.

Register here and join the conversation with climate action leaders about how we can work to ensure that women entrepreneurs are supported to advance climate solutions and build economic resilience for themselves and their communities.



  • MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates)

    MEDA is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. We work in agri-food market systems, focusing primarily on women and youth in rural communities in the Global South. Our success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of decent work.

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