Economic and climate Justice Pillar We believe women’s economic empowerment is central to their ability to engage, influence decisions and realize their rights. When women are empowered economically, they invest in their families and communities, spurring economic growth and creating more stable societies. We are therefore, committed to connecting grassroots women to resources and opportunities that secure their livelihoods. These include resources and opportunities that enhance their ability to participate equally in existing markets; increase their access to and control over productive resources (such as land and other natural resources), improve their access to decent work, control over their own time, lives and bodies and increase their voice, agency and meaningful participation in economic decision-making at all levels from the household, to the local and national levels. As an organization, we have just begun to develop our capacity to engage effectively in women’s economic empowerment. Our role is therefore to identify existing resources and opportunities and connect grassroots women from Eastern province to them. We juxtapose our governance work with training programs designed to improve women’s business skills, and connect them to jobs, and livelihoods opportunities. We also work with experts and partners on economic empowerment to push for gender-responsive economic plans, strategies, policies, and social protection programmes for the benefit of grassroots women. These include efforts around gender responsive planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation as well as gender responsive infrastructure. In our climate justice work, we strive to connect grassroots women to organizations, resources and opportunities that better prepare them to adopt to climate change. We are currently developing a data base and pursuing strategic partnerships with organizations working on economic empowerment, climate justice and technology for ease of referrals.