This guideline provides Contracting Parties, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and other pertinent organisations with a series of key operational and practical entry points to enhance the mainstreaming of gender equality in the convention.
The Gender Guide aims to provide a practical how-to for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating gender-responsive projects in marine and coastal resource management. It is designed to contribute to designing and rolling out human rights-based and gender-responsive approaches in marine conservation and development of fishing communities, to promote women’s empowerment and effective participation in the marine conservation context, to contribute to the elimination of gender-based violence in Blue Action funded projects, and to make measurable progress in achieving gender equality and gender-equitable outcomes within Blue Action-supported projects.
Based on a report on gender and fisheries by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID has launched a Learning Initiative to study the linkages between women’s empowerment, access to finance and sustainable fisheries management. Read on to learn about the recent IUCN-facilitated workshop that took place in Accra, Ghana.
As a direct result of USAID prioritizing and investing in women’s entrepreneurship, and securing women’s access to capital, the El Rosario Cooperative in Nicaragua (pictured below — credit MAREA USAID) was able to transform their undervalued raw black cockles into high-value appetizers — increasing the value of their products by 1,100 percent.
Gender in Fisheries – A Sea of Opportunities summarizes research on the intersection of gender and wild-caught fisheries, exploring the ways in which fisheries offer important entry points to enhance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment while also contributing to more effective interventions and more sustainable outcomes.
Over three days, 13-15 May 2014, in Washington, D.C., the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with the Global Gender Office (GGO) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to organize and host a technical workshop on gender and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). To develop a substantive and forwardlooking agenda, and to facilitate a dynamic workshop program, USAID and IUCN brought together and relied upon a Steering Committee of leading partners, including the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards (SES) initiative, the UN-REDD Programme and the pro-poor and cobenefits REDD+ initiatives of IUCN.