CSW62: Harnessing Women’s Rights to Natural Resources To Advance the Status of Rural Women

Rural women depend on nearby forests, rivers and farmland for their lives and livelihoods. Safeguarding their rights to these natural resources is critical to advancing nearly all other rural women-focused issues, from eradicating hunger to improving health outcomes. But unfortunately, even when national laws afford women equal access to these resources, customary practices prohibit women from exercising their rights or participating in decision-making processes.

Leading experts from prominent conservation and environment organizations will facilitate a discussion on gender equality and sustainability. They will share real-world examples of policies that advance women’s rights, community initiatives that strengthen women’s engagement in natural resource management, and advocacy campaigns that drive political action and catalyze financial investments.

Date: March 12, 2018, 2:30 – 4:00 pm


The Armenian Convention Center
Room: Yerevan Hall
630 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10016


A. Tianna ScozzaroDirector, Gender Equity & Environment, Sierra Club

Cate OwrenSenior Gender Programme Manager, Global Gender Office, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Jeannette GurungFounder and Executive Director, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

Kame WestermanAdvisor, Gender and Conservation, Conservation International

Natalie ElwellSenior Gender Advisor, World Resources Institute

Nathalie SimoneauSenior Gender Specialist, ­­Policy and Government Affairs Department, World Wildlife Fund

Celine Salcedo-La ViñaResearch Associate II, Land and Resource Rights, World Resources Institute