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Investing in Women

By investing in women, we invest in human rights, a more equal world, and in the future.

When women progress, their communities progress, when women have enough to eat, so do their families, when women have an income, their children go to school. In short – an investment in women is an investment in our shared future.

Nevertheless, according to UN Women the world is not on course to achieving gender equality by 2030 – and we must increase investments in women significantly if we are to get back on course.

Working for gender equality in diverse contexts

DanChurchAid works across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, in contexts that are characterised by shrinking civic space, climate change, displacement, conflict and human rights violations in online and offline spaces.

Our approach to working with gender equality and women’s empowerment must therefore be as diverse as the contexts we operate in.

Invest in women; accelerate progress

For International Women’s Day 2024 the theme is “Invest in Women; Accelerate Progress.”

On this page we highlight DanChurchAid’s work by, for and with women globally – and how that benefits whole families, communities, nations, and the world at large.

Climate change and women

Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, and this is particularly true in the least developed countries.

Women and girls are as much as 14 times more likely to die as a result of disasters resulting from climate change than men and boys, according to UN Women.

Women are more often poor, have less access to finance and information, and more frequently have domestic responsibilities, limiting their mobility.

Furthermore, women’s unequal participation in decision-making processes and labour markets compounds inequalities and prevents women from fully contributing to climaterelated planning, policy making, and implementation.

Despite the significant role they play, women are often excluded from climate decision-making spaces. As we confront the pressing challenges of our changing climate, it is imperative that diverse voices are heard and included.
Irene Anena – ACT Alliance Coordinator at DCA Uganda

On International Women’s Day 2024, DanChurchAid Uganda‘s Irene Anena, gave a keynote speech on the importance of including women from the bottom up at all levels of the fight against climate change.


Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a long-term strategic priority for DanChurchAid (DCA) and integral to our Human Rights based approach.

DanChurchAid has worked on gender equality for decades, for example by promoting systemic and sustainable change to support the social, political, and economic empowerment of women, by enhancing women’s opportunities for leadership and decision-making, by addressing gender norms and by engaging with men and faith actors as agents of change for gender equality.

At the beginning of 2024 DanChurchAid released a compilation of selected cases from programme countries, to illustrate how DanChurchAid works in practice to honour and make good on commitments on gender equality in very different contexts and through various thematic and strategic interventions.