Women Climate Collective

Fighting for more women-inclusive climate action in India.

Women and Climate Program

2023 Edition

  • In 2023, Fondation L’Oréal joined forces with local organizations in India, including Purpose, Mash, Yuvaa, and C40 Mumbai, to support the creation of the Women Climate Collective. This collective empowers women working in the climate and/or gender ecosystem to lead the fight against climate change and to foster more women-inclusive climate action in India.

    Over the course of 10 months, the Women Climate Collective provided support to 16 young climate leaders. These inspiring women were given over 50 hours of training, workshops, and expert sessions, designed to enhance their skills in leadership and public speaking, and increase their knowledge of inclusive climate action. The Women Climate Collective has helped to amplify their voices and increase their visibility across India, achieving digital and print media coverage in 110 leading publications, including 50 national media titles. Furthermore, five of the women climate leaders were recognized by esteemed environmental organizations for their outstanding initiatives.

  • Nidhi Pant

    “The Women Climate Collective helped my organization scale to different geographies. The network allowed me to connect with like-minded organizations in other states. This helped us expand our work in Odisha.”


    Co-Founder of S4S Technologies
    Women Climate Collective 2023

Awards & Recognitions

  • Elsie Gabriel

    Elsie Gabriel

    Winner of the Face of India Achievers Award - 2023 Green Warrior.

  • Divya Hegde

    Divya Hegde

    Her organization Baeru is one of 5 winners of the Transform x Social Alpha Plastics Challenge.

  • Ayadi Mishra

    Ayadi Mishra

    Joined as an Advisory Board Member, UN Decade on Restoration, has been selected to represent youth as one of 2 youth advisors to UNEP/FAO and joined as Co-chair of WAT-GP, North-South Dialogues in Climate Justice.


    Winner of the Earthshot Prize.

  • KG Sreeja

    KG Sreeja

    Her organization EQUINOCT is one of 7 startups chosen to receive funding in the inaugural cohort of the UNICEF Venture Fund for Climate Action.

2024 Edition

  • In 2024, Fondation L’Oréal will continue to support the Women Climate Collective initiative by supporting 20 young climate leaders in India. This second cohort will benefit from a tailor-made leadership and media training program dedicated to climate action. Aligned with the 1st edition, the goal is to fortify their capacity to lead climate action, equipping them with the necessary leadership skills they miss today, to navigate and tackle challenges ahead. Additionally, each woman will receive a tailored visibility plan, specifically designed to foster their ideas and work at a larger scale.

    Photos: Women Climate Collective 2023 leaders, Neha Naikwade (right) and Heeta Lakhani (below).

  • Heeta Lakhani

    2024 Call For Applications

    The call for applications for the 2024 edition of the Women Climate Collective is open from April 15 to May 15, 2024.