Women4Climate Freetown

Freetown Mentorship Programme 2019

“Climate action is central to our #TransformFreetown agenda and was my principal reason for running for office. We know from bitter experiences that unabated deforestation, unplanned urban development risk, coastal and river bed constructions and land reclamation have created a perfect recipe for flooding and landslides, resulting in deaths, destruction of homes and properties. Women and children are at the heart of these disasters and bear the weight of the aftermath.
The Women4Climate mentorship program will enable us to work with women across multiple sectors to take positive actions and tackle the root causes of climate change in our city.”

Her Worship the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

C40 will contribute to the emergence of the next generation of climate leaders by sharing knowledge and experience through an ambitious mentorship program dedicated to women in C40 cities. The C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program will match political leaders and committed leaders from the business sector, international organizations, and community organizations with emerging female leaders. The mentors will share their knowledge and experiences, supporting the mentees in becoming powerful leaders in their chosen field including politics, NGOs, business, media, and community groups.

FREETOWN is proud to launch a Women4Climate Mentorship Program in partnership with the C40 network and the Sierra Leone Women Engineers. The aim of the Freetown mentorship program is to support emerging women leaders to become more expert influencers while mobilising others to be influential in their efforts to accelerate action on climate change. The program aims to provide participants with the support they need to become even more effective leaders in their chosen field, including politics, business, public service, NGOs and media.

The Freetown Women4Climate Mentorship programme will focus on the core drivers of urbanisation and new strategies to increase citizens local resilience capacity to prevent, withstand and respond to recurring climate induced hazards and shocks. It will additionally support projects aiming to address the combined underlying impacts triggered by everyday risks and small scale episodic disasters; resulting from urban risk traps as well as recurring large shocks such as the 2017 mudslides.

Freetown is seeking mentees from a diverse range of sectors and backgrounds who are developing an innovative and concrete project or idea that will contribute to Freetown’s climate resilience priorities. We encourage researchers, entrepreneurs, designers, contractors, finance professionals, manufacturers, urban planners, green tech specialists, architects, engineers, geoscientists, educators, environmental anthropologists, politicians, and any woman with an innovative idea focused on resilience.