Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on February 6 announced a Global Climate Resilience Fund of 50 million dollars for women to fight climate change.
Addressing salt pan workers near Kuda village in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district, Clinton announced that the Clinton Global Initiative with the American Indian foundation, SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association founded by late activist Ela Bhatt) and other organisations will also help in providing new livelihood resources and education to women and communities.
On February 5, Clinton attended a programme in Ahmedabad to mark the 50 years of SEWA as a trade union, and paid homage to its founder and renowned social activist and Gandhian Ela Bhatt. During the event, she said that heat caused by climate change poses an additional challenge to women workers in informal sectors and the Global Climate Resilience Fund will help tackle this challenge. “I have had the privilege of working with EIaben and SEWA for nearly 30 years. But we are thinking about the next 50 years,” she said.
The former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on a visit to Gujarat for two days beginning February 5. During her visit, she took part in activities sponsored by the SEWA.