Girls and young women are at the centre of both climate vulnerability and action. While gender roles, ages and other aspects influence their vulnerability to climate change impacts, they also challenge the circumstances that put them at risk as climate changes, acting in ways large and small to change their communities and policies on many levels. In this process, they receive support from allies, yet continuing to face barriers to get their voices heard.

Little research has documented how exactly they are using tools like social media and other approaches to advocate for climate justice and challenge the “shrinking civic space”. The data and results presented here are a snapshot in time from the viewpoints of 30 girls, young women, and other key stakeholders from three countries in the region. In addition, an online survey, literature review and social media listening exercise helped put their responses in context.