Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT)

AGENT provides an array of support for national, regional and global environmental activities to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality. AGENT’s support is designed to complement existing or emerging USAID environmental efforts. AGENT broadens the reach of technical support, builds evidence for gender integration throughout environmental sectors, fills critical information gaps, and develops targeted resources and tools that can be directly applied in Agency programs, training and communications.

Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) is a ten-year PIO grant to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that was established in 2014 and is managed by E3’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The purpose of the grant is to increase the effectiveness of USAID’s environment programming through robust gender integration and improve gender equality and women’s empowerment outcomes in a broad range of environmental sectors. Recognizing women as agents of change, and the value of diverse knowledge, experiences and capacities of women and men alike, AGENT envisions a world that approaches environmental work at all levels with gender-responsive policy and action. AGENT drives transformation toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

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Gender equality and women’s empowerment are powerful levers for change. Women are vital to conservation and resilience-building efforts, and women’s empowerment is intrinsically linked to achieving sustainable development. Yet, gender inequalities and gaps persist: women commonly face obstructed access to markets, capital, training and technologies; they are underrepresented in—if not restricted from—decision-making spheres at all levels. Women in much of the world do not have the same customary or legal rights to land, property and resources that men do, stripping them of critical means for survival and resilience. And while they hold crucial roles and responsibilities in natural resource management, women’s contributions, innovations and leadership are often overlooked. The result is a lost opportunity for environmental initiatives to achieve multiple benefits, amplify results, and increase effectiveness, as gender equality and women’s empowerment leads to more successful, efficient and equitable development outcomes.

Over the last few years, AGENT has assisted USAID in enhancing gender through climate opportunities throughout the world. Together, we’ve trained and provided technical assistance to thousands of women and men stakeholders, established ground-breaking information platforms, generated knowledge, and convened practitioners.

Click the button below to access AGENT’s 2018 Annual Report for a review of in-year achievements!

You can view some our work by priority sector through the following USAID platforms:



NEW! Webinar recording: Gender-based Violence and Environment Linkages – Key Issues and Strategies for Change

Media coverage: Climate breakdown ‘is increasing violence against women’

Blog: Threats to the environment are interlinked with gender-based violence across multiple contexts

Press release: Environmental degradation driving gender-based violence – IUCN study

Study: Gender-based violence and environment links: The violence of inequality

Report: Energizing Equality: Unlocking the potential of women’s participation in sub-Saharan African energy utilities

Report: Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP) for the Dominican Republic (Spanish)

Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender and Urban Services

Guide: Advancing Gender in The Environment: Gender in Fisheries—A Sea of Opportunities

Blog: A sea of opportunities for women’s empowerment, prosperity, and sustainability in fisheries

Case Study Brief: Gender-responsive Geothermal Generation: Powering energy and social benefits in El Salvador

Blog: Powering energy, women’s empowerment, and social benefits in El Salvador’s geothermal sector

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