International Women’s Day 2018

Pressing for progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment

At IUCN, gender equality and women’s empowerment has always been critical to our work. As one of the first environmental organisations to integrate gender considerations into our analyses and policy work, our experience and knowledge have long underscored our recognition that a sustainable future for all people must include the perspectives, knowledge and experience of women and men alike. Without this, our collective efforts to conserve the environment are unachievable.

IUCN continues to press for transformative progress by advocating that this recognition must now be integrated into environmental frameworks, policies and actions to ensure the value of what we know about gender equality and women’s empowerment is systematised across rural and urban settings. In 2018, IUCN will continue to move beyond declarations and work closely with members and partners alike to develop knowledge and implement solutions that promote and include the participation and input of women. IUCN will support Parties and Secretariats for the Ramsar Convention to enhance their work towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, underpinned by past analyses IUCN has made regarding gender considerations in past Convention reporting. Working with the Green Climate Fund, IUCN will also assist Pakistan in developing a comprehensive methodology to integrate gender considerations throughout its environmental sectors and throughout rural and urban settings through the development of a Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP), a process we have assisted over 20 governments in applying over the past decade.

Further advocating results-based progress, IUCN will continue to work with UN Environment to identify and develop strategic approaches to filling data gaps on gender and the environment. This research project will generate critical information to propel our achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by developing and tracking indicators in Mexico, Laos and Kenya that will shed light on issues pertaining to: women’s right to land, natural resources, biodiversity; access to food, energy, water and sanitation; the impact of climate change, sustainable consumption and production, health and well-being have on women; and women’s participation in environmental decision-making at all levels and across all environmental sectors.

Moving forward, while we acknowledge recent assessments that gender parity is further off than in perceived or hoped for in past years, we’re marking International Women’s Day today by committing to work steadfastly towards a sustainable future that promotes equality and empowerment for all.