by Angie Dazé, with contributions from Ayesha Constable, Lydia Wanjiku Kibandi, and Jhannel Tomlinson
From its establishment, the national adaptation plan (NAP) process was envisioned as a participatory process that addresses issues of gender equality and social inclusion.
Over the last 2 years Lensational has been working with the NAP Global Network to create Envisioning Resilience, an initiative that aims to amplify underrepresented women’s voices in climate change adaptation planning by providing them with cameras and training in photography storytelling so they can document their experiences with climate change and their visions of resilience. More recently we have welcomed a new partner GirlsCARE as we expanded the initiative to the Caribbean. GirlsCARE is a young women-led feminist climate activist movement seeking to support young women and girls through mentorship to enhance their capacity to support and lead in climate action.
This briefing note shares lessons that have emerged so far from the first three phases of Envisioning Resilience implemented in Ghana, Kenya, and Jamaica, with the aim to build the case for meaningful participation in NAP processes. It also seeks to inspire others to use creative means to promote dialogue among decision-makers and people on the front lines of climate change, particularly women and other groups who are often left out of adaptation decision-making processes.