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  • NIB - NIKK
    equal conditions 6 months at full pay A project carried out by NIB that involved gender directly was the loan programme for women entrepreneurs in the Baltic countries The project was an example of a new kind of thinking that aimed at increasing women s participation in economic decision making For a number of years NIB has also had special loan programmes for environmental projects in the Baltic Sea and for climate change The combination of climate change and gender on the other hand is a new one and may perhaps one day become of interest to NIB especially in projects that involve innovative solutions says Siv Hellén Can you tell more about the loan programme for women entrepreneurs The programme was carried out from 2000 to 2003 The first programme NIB established on it own whereas the subsequent ones were conducted in co financing with CEB the Council of Europe Development Bank All in all NIB and CEB granted 10 million Euros in loans through selected local banks that met NIB s specific criteria We financed a total of nearly 400 projects The loan maturity was up to 7 years so the loans have been repaid and they resulted in almost no credit losses for the local banks The programmes brought a lot of publicity some people talked about discrimination why were only women getting the loans To that we responded that women were not offered loans on better conditions than would be available offered to men We implemented the programme so that banks would realise that women and men should have the same possibility to access loans only they have sometimes to be treated differently The programmes were at least as educational for the banks as they were for the entrepreneurs says Siv Hellén who was responsible for

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  • Case 1 - NIKK
    the trend of buying used clothing had gained ground in recent years but Klädoteket in Malmö has introduced a new shopping hybrid clothes for loan Research shows that women top the statistics in terms of clothing purchases but also that women are more inclined to make sustainable choices With Klädoteket both women and men can make environmentally friendly clothing choices Klädoteket was founded by four students who got together in 2010 to launch a non profit business that simply offers members the opportunity to borrow clothes in the same way that one would take out books from the library In Malmö one can now borrow a dress for the evening or why not also a stylish tie For a couple of hundred Swedish crowns per quarter year people can change both their wardrobes and their consumption patterns Klädoteket is the ultimate manifestation of a growing trend many people no longer care about owning something for them freedom of choice with a good conscience is more important Klädoteket is a Swedish non profit business that combines social responsibility and environmental consciousness In recent years social entrepreneurship has justifiably received increasing attention because the business model espouses a holistic view of the

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  • Case 2 - NIKK
    Through social entrepreneurship Ecoloove has managed to combine social responsibility and environmental awareness a business model that is justifiably receiving increasing attention because of its holistic view of the entire supply chain As a society this is something we will need much more of as we look for new ways to create real sustainable development including sustainable consumption The fact that social enterprises also frequently work from a gender perspective and help promote the value of women naturally only makes them more relevant The description of social entrepreneurship applies perfectly to Ecoloove which was born out of observations made by Annamaja Segtnan when she was a design student in Ahmedabad in northwest India Annamaja noticed that there was a high incidence of urinary infections among women who lived in the slums and that they were also susceptible to mistreatment and rape as a result of not being allowed use the public toilets intended only for men Instead they were forced to wait until evening and take care of their needs outside in the cover of darkness The solution a mobile ecological toilet that can be transported on a three wheeler The toilet is also manufactured locally in India providing important

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  • Case 2 - NIKK
    the load they were placing on the environment through their daily living habits In the Åland version participants include three families one company one school and a kindergarten They are all given six different challenge areas over a period of six months electricity food transportation time use heat and water and consumption Men focus on ecological driving women on lifestyle We believe that we are equal but especially in Åland I think that our interests do differ Men usually pursue themes like electricity heating and ecological driving whereas women are more interested in lifestyle questions climate friendly cooking and time use though of course there are individual differences says Jessica Sundberg Klimatpiloterna became a project with a gender dimension because all of the participants were able to participate in everything Anyone who wants to live in an environmentally conscious way has to be a little bit interested in every area That way working with environmental issues also becomes working toward a more equal society One may ask of course why does the Agenda 21 office which is in part financed through municipal funding and has a key role as the central environmental operator in Åland not have an explicit gender perspective even as worldwide interest in adapting environmental measures according to gender is growing Thinking about the issue it is definitely something we will talk about more says coordinator Jessica Sundberg In practice this perspective is part of our job How does one draw people of both genders to our events for example Right now we are three women working in the office but preferably we would have a mixed team It would be good especially when we go out to schools and conduct public education It is easier to get everyone involved when we ourselves represent both men and

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  • Work on governmental level - NIKK
    technology for agriculture or energy technologies Our energy Our energy Vores energi the follow up initiative to the government s programme details how the Danish government intends to secure the future of Danish society by expanding the green economy The starting point for the initiative is the energy strategy drafted by the previous conservative government and running through 2050 but now with updated and increased targets The long term objective is to transition to energy and transport systems that rely solely on renewable energy The actions proposed in the initiative will lead to significant energy savings as early as 2020 and to half of Denmark s traditional electricity consumption being powered by wind based electricity This goes a long way toward the goal of ending all coal based energy production in Danish power stations by 2030 and covering all electricity and heating services with renewable energy by 2035 Special Taskforce for Climate Change Adaptation Legislation must clearly state who has the authority to decide about financing the adaptation measures required to meet the challenge of climate change The intention behind water legislation was never to hamper investment by municipalities and water utilities to carry out adaptation measures We must develop the best possible solutions to make sure that land owners direct rain water to their gardens instead of sewers and that municipalities collect the water from excessive rainfall for green areas such as athletic fields parklands and skateboard parks We have to simultaneously find solutions to several problems and we have to seek those solutions in collaboration with municipalities Ida Auken Minister for the Environment The task of the climate adaptation taskforce is to help alleviate the flooding that results from climate change In the summers of 2010 and 2011 Denmark experienced massive rainfall which brought flooding to cellars and basements and destroyed property It highlighted the importance of having adaptation strategies and prompted the government to set up a special taskforce entrusted with drafting an action plan for adaptation measures and with ensuring that the EU directive for the assessment and management of flooding risks is implemented as quickly as possible The special taskforce includes among other things a mobile unit whose job is to strengthen cooperation with municipalities and to assist in the creation of municipal adaptation action plans The action plans must be completed within two years The activities of the Information Centre for Climate Change Adaptation will also be strengthened The special taskforce is part of a broader initiative for climate change adaptation underway at the Danish Ministry for the Environment The government has directed an additional 10 8 million Danish crowns toward measures in this area over the next two years The additional funds come from the updated internal prioritisations within the Ministry for the Environment Danish climate aid for developing countries Denmark will spend approximately 1 2 billion Danish crowns in 2010 2012 for climate aid to developing countries The 2011 investments indicate that Denmark is increasingly emphasising bilateral investment The world s developed

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  • Activities on a municipal level - NIKK
    for months on end or where there is no warm running water in the home Fadumo Ibrahim came to Denmark 19 years ago as a refugee from Somalia According to Ibrahim many of the immigrant families in Vollsmose come from communities where everyday life is a matter of survival and thus there is not necessarily the same degree of knowledge regarding climate issues or energy use The environment ambassadors attend a course in ways to render households more environmentally friendly and thus also cheaper through everyday choices They are also given education in spreading their knowledge to other families within the housing area The environment ambassadors have helped many families to decrease their utility bills by giving practical tips such as turning off the tap in the bathroom while brushing your teeth or switching off the standby button on the TV The project has been successful Many families who previously had high bills due to their energy consumption have made small adjustments in their lives saved energy and thus also their bank accounts The majority of ambassadors are women However originally the project aimed to attract both men and women but only women turned up The risk was that the project would strengthen women s roles and responsibilities within the household even though men also need to learn about energy saving But according to project manager Mette Leisner the project has instead had a big impact on the women in Vollsmose They now have new roles both within the community and their family Project coordinator Fadumo Ibrahim notes When we started the project five years ago we saw that many women here did not have a good experience of everyday life They continually suffered social failures many of them lacked an education and were excluded from the labour market At

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  • Climate change is one of the greatest challenge... - NIKK
    that all human resources are put into use for the development of our societies Climate change has a particularly severe impact on the world s poorest people 70 percent of whom are women In developing countries women often bear primary responsibility for farming food production water acquisition and household energy When it rains less and the soil suffers crops yield less and their quality declines There is less food and people are forced to walk further to get water All of this adds to women s workload and weakens their living conditions Women are often responsible for the everyday choices made in households and therefore have a key role in the development of green economies They are powerful agents whose knowledge skills and innovative ideas support the efforts to combat climate change Gender equality must be incorporated into all matters connected to climate change Women s participation is not only a question of human rights the commitment of both women and men benefits entire families and communities as well as creates more effective solutions that serve a greater proportion of the population As Co Chair of the UN High Level Panel of Global Sustainability established by UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon I have together with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa underlined the importance of sustainable growth that reduces poverty and increases equality Among other issues the Panel has worked to promote good governance and women s empowerment The Panel s final report will be submitted to Secretary General Ban Ki moon by early 2012 The fact that half of the members of our Panel are women will certainly be reflected in our recommendations Cooperation at the local national and global level is vital Along with the other Nordic countries Finland has supported the integration of gender equality into

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  • Women are part of the solution - NIKK
    in national policy and in international co operation In Finnish development co operation the promotion of gender equality and increasing opportunities for women are key aspects Finland has demanded that gender be incorporated into the international climate accord We have also paid the travel expenses of women from developing countries so that they can participate in the climate conferences The feedback has been very positive At the Copenhagen climate summit the NGOs awarded Finland the first ever Gender Champion Award a visibly pleased Paula Lehtomäki recounts As Minister for the Environment Lehtomäki presided over a side event in connection with the Poznań conference in December 2008 Climate Change and the Contribution of Women The event drew close to a hundred participants most of them men Indeed Lehtomäki thinks it is important that both men and women take up the issue of gender Up to now only certain countries and certain women have been raising these issues Women need to work together This is why the women who currently hold the position of Minister for the Environment established a network that meets during the climate conferences According to Lehtomäki the distance between people s daily reality and the negotiating tables is much too great We who enjoy a high level of wellbeing do not always remember that a substantial proportion of the world lives entirely without electricity or lighting By developing new solutions we can improve the position of women at the same time as we fight climate change The use of solar energy for cooking heating and lighting represents a huge relief for millions of women worldwide In places where darkness falls early individual household based solar lamps can change life in dramatic ways They improve security and enable children to study and do their homework also at night I

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