Addressing knowledge gaps on gender across environmental contexts
A specific area of focus and expertise that AGENT provides is the ability to work with USAID and stakeholders in identifying knowledge gaps that hinder effective and meaningful gender integration into environmental programming. To address this problem, AGENT conducts research to create a knowledge base on issues, best practices, and strategic approaches. To date, AGENT has launched numerous energy-sector publications through its Gender and Renewable Energy platform (G-REEN), several national Climate Change Gender Action Plans, and more.
As shown below, some of these research areas demonstrate more knowledge, data, and qualitative information is needed, and has inspired further areas of continued work.
Gender-Based Violence and Environmental Linkages
In order to fill a critical knowledge gap, USAID commissioned AGENT to conduct a global review of evidence on the connections between gender-based violence (GBV) and environment linkages. As a result, AGENT collected over 100 case studies and 300 survey responses. The research is the first of its kind examining these connections across environment links. AGENT released the resulting paper, Gender-based violence and environment links: The violence of inequality, revealing research findings across issues and sectors. Due to widespread demand from a range of international stakeholders, AGENT will also use these findings to develop technical resources, networks, and recommendations on how to mitigate and respond to GBV in environmental programming and projects, with a particular focus on what USAID and IUCN can do collectively.
The research has already generating impact, including leading to the launch of a global challenge on Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE) to identify and fund promising approaches that address GBV in programs that focus on the access, use, control and management of natural resources. Due to widespread demand from a range of international stakeholders, AGENT will also use these findings to develop technical resources, networks, and recommendations on how to mitigate and respond to GBV in environmental programming and projects, with a particular focus on what USAID and IUCN can do collectively.
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A Sea of Opportunities
In developing countries, 2.6 billion people depend on fisheries as a source of protein and income. In many fisheries, the management is either unsustainable or does not optimize productivity, resulting in forgone losses of more than US $80 billion annually. Though women account for 90% of global fisheries processing roles and 15% of the global harvesting workforce—women are often underrepresented in the fisheries management decision forums that are responsible for securing the future of fisheries, and therefore their own futures.
Under the AGENT partnership, the USAID Office of Forestry and Biodiversity, the USAID Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published a new guide, Gender in Fisheries – A Sea of Opportunities. From understanding the roles women play throughout fisheries, to how gender-based violence (GBV) impacts the sector, the publication examines the evidence for why and how gender equality and women’s economic empowerment can be promoted through fisheries while strengthening sustainable results.
Research findings showed that while women’s empowerment is featured in wild-caught fisheries programming, it is rarely linked to an understanding on how these approaches contribute to sustainable outcomes, resulting in the creation of a Learning Initiative on Women’s Empowerment, Finance and Sustainable Fisheries to explore these linkages.
Recent AGENT publications:
Blog: Threats to the environment are interlinked with gender-based violence across multiple contexts
Report: Energizing Equality: Unlocking the potential of women’s participation in sub-Saharan African energy utilities
Case Study Brief: Gender-responsive Geothermal Generation: Powering energy and social benefits in El Salvador
Brief: Making the Case for Gender Equality in Large-Scale Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development
Report: Energizing Equality: sub-Saharan Africa’s integration of gender equality principles in national energy policies and frameworks
Report: Energizing equality: The importance of integrating gender equality principles in national energy policies and frameworks
Report: The enabling power of energy in promoting gender equality: Gender in the SEforALL country action process documents (Nov 2017 Edition)
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