women's rights

Putting women and girls at the heart of conservation and climate action

Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a prerequisite to effective conservation, climate action and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). International agreements on biodiversity (CBD), sustainable development (Agenda 2030) and—most recently—climate change (the Paris Agreement) present new opportunities for engaging women and accelerating equitable action. From Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) processes to biodiversity strategies and […]

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The Importance of Gender Equality in Conservation: Interview

In the past, conservation policy rarely paid attention to gender issues. But this is now changing, and for a very good reason: Considering gender when planning policy helps to ensure that women benefit from the conservation action as much as men. In many countries, both women and men depend on protected areas for a living, […]

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A new online course builds capacity on gender and environment linkages

At the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly in Da Nang, Vietnam, IUCN is pleased to join efforts in the launch of a free Open Online Course on Gender and the Environment. The course is an initiative led by the GEF and Small Grants Programme in partnership with the GEF Gender Partnership, of which IUCN is […]

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World Environment Day: Honoring women environmental defenders

Photo by WECAN By Lorena Aguilar 05 June 2018 Today, as we celebrate World Environment Day there is a group without equal in deserving recognition: environmental defenders. Little is known about them, even fewer know that many of these environmental defenders, especially in Latin America, are courageous women – of which many have given their […]

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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 […]

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U.N. plan strengthens women’s role in climate action

Climate policies must not be gender-blind, as climate change does not affect men and women equally by Lorena Aguilar and Ambassador Melanne Verveer Last week marked a milestone in the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. In Bonn, world leaders at the United Nations climate negotiations (COP23) under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change […]

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A future detoxified

Ensuring gender considerations in the management of hazardous chemicals and wastes through the Gender Action Plan of the Secretariat of the BRS Conventions In Nigeria, Stella Mojekwu pauses with worry when she sees a seemingly commonplace view: women applying lotions, deep frying foods to eat, and handling other oil-based products. As the Chief Environmental Scientist […]

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Interview with John Knox: what causes violence against environmental defenders?

IUCN NL’s Femke Wijdekop invited two internationally renowned human rights lawyers to engage in a conversation on the challenges environmental defenders face and how to tackle them. As the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox is the leading ambassador for defenders who are fighting for their right to a sustainable environment. Netherlands-based human rights lawyer Jan […]

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New EGI data on women’s participation in global environmental decision making

New EGI data on women’s participation in global environmental decision making GGO is pleased to announce a new factsheet on women’s participation in global environmental decision making. In collaboration with UN Women, GGO has created a new EGI dataset that aims to deepen understanding of a broad finding from the EGI pilot phase—that women have […]

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