Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender-Based Violence and the Environment

Under a partnership on Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), IUCN works with USAID in strengthening environmental programming through gender integration and achieving gender equality outcomes. A key area of this partnership has been focused on researching the nexus between gender-based violence (GBV) and the environment, resulting in a forthcoming paper in 2019 that will include targeted recommendations. The goal of the project is to review and collate existing knowledge and experience from across the globe to inform how the integration of GBV prevention and response in environmental programming can be strengthened.

Our research is spanning numerous environment sectors and issues, reviewing the links and drivers between GBV, and the access to, use of and/or control over natural resources, including as related to:

  • Tenure rights
  • Livelihoods linked to natural resources
  • Energy
  • Water and sanitation
  • Protected areas and biodiversity
The study will also examine GBV within the context of natural resource governance and gender equality, reviewing its prevalence in:

  • Extractives
  • Environmental crimes
  • How attacks on environmental human rights defenders are carried out
  • Workplace and community violence experienced by women engaged in natural resource conservation activities
The impacts of instability and crises associated with climate variability and environmental degradation on GBV are also explored, including as related to:

  • Climate change
  • Armed conflict
  • Coping strategies
  • Humanitarian crises


On August 15, 2019, based on IUCN’s research, USAID has launched a Global Challenge to address gender-based violence in environmental sectors and contexts. Click here for more information and application details!

Past news:

Blog post: 16 Days of Activism to shine a spotlight on gender-based violence (GBV) and the environment

Survey call: Linkages between gender-based violence (GBV) and the environment

Call for case studies: Gender-based violence (GBV) and the environment

Blog post: USAID and IUCN Partner to Advance Gender in the Environment

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