Women’s Participation in Global Environmental Decision Making: An EGI Supplemental Report
The Environment and Gender Information platform (EGI) pilot revealed two concerning trends that this dataset and supplemental report aim to address. One trend is the lack of sex-disaggregated data throughout environmental sectors globally. This report aims to fill that gap and share results widely. The second trend is that environmental decision-making bodies and leadership positions continue to be heavily male dominated at all levels, despite national and international agreements on gender equality. This report makes recommendations grounded in national data for achieving gender equity in national and international environmental politics and decision-making fora. This data will serve as a baseline measure of gender disparities, will identify specific areas for improvement, and ultimately will empower countries and decision-making bodies to take the necessary steps forward for gender equality.
The global governance organizations, national governments, and civil society institutions included in this dataset all influence environmental policy and sustainable development outcomes. This report documents the participation of women in decision-making bodies and leadership positions at global and national levels through the following indicators:
- Government Delegates to the Rio Conventions
- Bureau Leadership Positions to the Rio Convention Secretariats
- NGO Representatives to the Rio Conventions
- National Focal Points to the Global Environment Facility
- National Focal Points to the United Nations Forum on Forests
- Secretaries of the World Energy Council
- Chairs of the World Energy Council
- Nationally Elected Green Party Leaders
- Heads of National Environmental-Sector Ministries
The indicators were chosen to advance knowledge of women’s representation in international and national decision-making processes. Diverse facets of the environmental arena are represented, including international climate change policy, climate finance, and the forestry, energy, and transportation sectors.i With data collected for every country possible for each indicator, this constitutes the most comprehensive dataset on women in international and national environmental decision-making authority to date.