Environment and Gender Index

The Environment and Gender Index monitors government progress toward gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environmental arena.

For the past two decades, governments have established new international mandates ensuring that gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to environmental decision-making and sustainable development. However, the lack of a mechanism to monitor and measure government progress has contributed to little or no implementation of these mandates.

The EGI provides the first quantitative data on governments’ performance translating the gender and environment mandates in the three Rio Conventions and CEDAW into national policy and planning. The resulting information will help policymakers, civil society, and others evaluate progress and identify where the gaps lie in achieving gender equality in the environmental context.

EGI Gender in Environmental Policy and Programming

The EGI team is gathering a new dataset on gender in environmental policy and programming–and we need your help!




Download and complete this survey if you are an expert on national-level gender and/or environmental policies

Please email your completed surveys to molly.gilligan@iucn.org.

Fact Sheet


EGI Gender in Environmental Policy and Programming Fact Sheet

EGI Gender in Environmental Policy and Programming Fact Sheet

Read fact sheet here.


Women in Environmental Decision Making

New Dataset: Women in Environmental Decision Making

In collaboration with UN Women, IUCN Global Gender Office’s EGI team has created a new global dataset on women’s participation in environmental decision making. This dataset, which aims to deepen understanding of a broad finding from the 2013 pilot phase of the EGI—that women have less access to environmental decision making spheres at all levels—compiles indicators on women’s involvement in international environmental delegations and leadership of large environmental institutions, green parties, and environmental ministries at the national level. Results may be useful in the elaboration of a wide range of processes and frameworks, including the Sustainable Development Goals.

To learn more about this process and for an overview of results, view the Women in Environmental Decision Making Factsheet.

Country Case Studies

Despite a high rate of involvement within the environmental sector, women, who often rely on natural resources in their daily lives for basic subsistence needs, have a low rate of participation in environmental decision making. IUCN’s Global Gender Office, in collaboration with Conservation International, has produced this report to examine the status of women in environmental decision making roles in Liberia, Ecuador and The Philippines. The report highlights the gaps in country-specific policy and implementation pertaining to women and the environment, and offers recommendations on how to remedy the issues at hand.  View the full report here:

Women in Environmental Decision Making: Case Studies in Ecuador, Liberia, and the Philippines

As a complement to the EGI, in-depth country case studies of the Philippines, Liberia, and Ecuador aim to strengthen the analysis of national-level findings in the EGI’s new dataset on women in environmental decision making. To learn more about these case studies, view the factsheets here:

Women in Environmental Decision Making in Ecuador: An EGI Case Study

Women in Environmental Decision Making in Liberia: An EGI Case Study

Women in Environmental Decision Making in the Philippines: An EGI Case Study



The Environment and Gender Index (EGI) monitors gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environmental arena.


We aim to measure progress, improve information, and empower countries to take steps forward for gender equality and for the environment.

Meet our Expert Panel and Supporters!

The EGI methodology is guided by the top thinkers and practitioners at the intersection of gender and environment.  We are also lucky to have a committed circle of supporters.  Meet them here!

The EGI is a project of IUCN, a leader on gender issues within the environmental sector.

For the past two decades, the IUCN Global Gender Office has been sought out by major organizations, conventions, and governments seeking scientific and technical advice.  Here’s what we have achieved:

Developed more than 70 sector-specific gender tools.  Expertise spans biodiversity, climate change, coastal and marine management, dry lands, energy, forestry (including REDD+), protected areas, sustainable use, water, amongst others. A training manual on gender and climate change is available in five languages and referenced on more than 14,000 websites.

Trained more than 15,000 people throughout the world. Governments, civil society, universities, and development organizations have all built capacity through these trainings. Orientation sessions for government delegates from over 100 countries have become a driving force behind the use of a gender perspective in national policy and planning.

Guided the development of major institutional gender frameworks. IUCN partnered with UNEP, CBD, and UNCCD to develop and operationalize their gender action plans and policies, and collaborated with numerous governments to develop national gender and climate change strategies and national gender and REDD+ roadmaps. In early 2013, IUCN completed the global gender review of the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds.

Spearheaded strategic collaborations to take gender to a global stage. IUCN co-founded the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), which convenes 60 UN agencies and civil society organizations; and the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment.

Established in 1948, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.