Developing Skills for Women Leadership in Climate Action


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Green economy, Climate change, Circular economy

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9 (+3 practical exercice) hours

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English, Spanish, French

The ‘Women Leadership in Climate Action’ e-course aims to inspire women and girls, strengthen their leadership skills, and help them deliver the just climate initiatives needed to tackle the climate crisis.

If you are concerned about climate change, if it’s already affecting you, or if you thought about taking action but felt you lacked power or knowledge: this course is for you. It empowers and educates emerging climate leaders like you to deliver climate actions rooted in the principles of inclusivity and equity.

The course was developed by UNITAR and C40 with the exclusive support of the Fondation L’Oréal, and with knowledge contributions from Columbia Climate School and CARE France.

Welcome to:

Developing Skills for Women Leadership in Climate Action

An e-learning course that strengthens women's and girls' leadership skills to tackle the climate crisis.

Why take this course?

The ‘Developing Skills for Women Leadership in Climate Action’ online course was created to support women and girls to develop their leadership skills and take on green and just climate actions. By the end of this course, you will have a good understanding of key topics related to climate change science and inclusive climate action. You will also be equipped with actionable tools that will help you lift your climate ideas off the ground or strengthen the existing project you are working on.

We look forward to accompanying you through this inclusive climate leadership journey and learning more about you, your motivations and your plans for climate action! After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what is climate change and define key elements of inclusive climate action.

  • Discuss the impact of climate change on women and the role they play at the heart of climate action.

  • Identify opportunities and plan effective climate action.

  • Discuss approaches for influencing others and gaining support for your climate actions.

Course Overview

The course consists of 4 modules, each taking approximately 2,5 hours to complete. Modules 1 and 2, introduce learners to the most up-to-date understanding of climate science and zoom in on innovative approaches aimed at mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change while reducing social inequalities. This baseline of knowledge prepares learners for modules 3 and 4, which provide actionable tools to help learners create inclusive and equitable projects on the ground. The 5th wrap-up section of the course provides useful guidance and tools for the development of your climate project.

  • 1. Introduction to Climate Change and Inclusive Climate Action

  • 2. Women at the Heart of Climate Action

  • 3. Taking the Lead on Inclusive Climate Action

  • 4. Influencing Change while Staying Resilient

  • 5. Course wrap-up

This course has been realised with the support of:

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    C40 Cities

    Course development

    C40 is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone, everywhere, can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. We work alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labour, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to support mayors to halve emissions by 2030 and help phase out fossil use while increasing urban climate resilience and equity.

    The current co-chairs of C40 are Mayor Sadiq Khan of London, United Kingdom, and Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Freetown, Sierra Leone; three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit:

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    Course development

    The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to enhance global decision-making and support country-level action for shaping a better future. UNITAR provides training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries with special attention to Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other groups and communities who are most vulnerable, including those in conflict situations. For more information please visit:

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    Fondation L’Oréal

    Executive course support

    The Fondation L’Oréal supports and empowers women to shape their future and make a difference in society, focusing on three major areas: scientific research inclusive beauty and climate action. Women are affected by persistent gender-based discrimination and inequalities, exacerbated by climate change. While they are on the frontline of the crisis, they remain under-represented in climate decision-making. The Women and Climate program of the Fondation L’Oréal supports, in particular, women who are developing climate action projects addressing the urgent climate crisis and raising awareness of the importance of gender-sensitive climate solutions. To learn more about Fondation L'Oréal, please visit:

Get your Certificate

After completing the course you will be granted a certificate.

To obtain your certificate, you need to complete all course videos, readings, and activities, as well as pass all course quizzes with a grade of 70% or higher.

You can keep track of your progress and download your certificate under the "Certification" tab on the main course page.

The course, ‘Developing Skills for Women Leadership in Climate Action’ was developed by C40 and UNITAR with the exclusive support of the Fondation L’Oréal, and with knowledge contributions from the Columbia Climate School and CARE experts.

The course is a result of valuable contributions made by experts and practitioners from across the globe. Special thanks to all partners and contributors - without their support this course would have not been possible!