Gender-Based Violence and Environment Linkages Center
(GBV-ENV Center)

Ending gender-based violence and securing environmental sustainability are each global priorities. These two issues are linked in many ways, across contexts, countries and communities. While seldom addressed together, understanding and addressing these linkages may be key to meeting interlinked global goals.

This Center is a platform for gathering resources and tools, mobilizing learning, and forging action, together.

How the GBV-Environment Linkages Center works

Filling critical information gaps

Addressing knowledge gaps on gender-based violence and environment linkages

It started with one question: Are there links?
IUCN and USAID, together through the Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) partnership, embarked on a two-year research process to identify and understand gender-based violence and environment linkages across sectors and contexts. Many experts, informants and collaborators contributed to this effort. Published in January 2020, Gender-based violence and environment linkages: The violence of inequality presents evidence from around the world, showing that violence is regularly used to exert or reinforce control over natural resources, with environmental pressures and threats exacerbating violence. This research has spurred the creation of this Center, which continues to provide new research, tools and insights on promising practices.

Making the case for gender integration

Increasing understanding and knowledge-based action to address gender-based violence and environment linkages

The evidence is clear: urgent action is needed.
Grounded in the research and experience across sectors, IUCN works with members and partners to increase attention to, strategies for and investments in addressing gender-based violence and environment linkages, across environmental policy, programming and practice.

Providing tailored technical support

Strengthening capacities to address gender-based violence and environment linkages in programs and projects

Addressing barriers. Advising projects.
With the commitments this center inspires, IUCN supports environment practitioners and projects to address gender-based violence through technical support, training, helpdesks and more.

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Key resources

Français: Liens entre la violence basée sur le genre et l’environnement : la violence des inégalités

Cette publication établit que ces modèles de VBG sont observés dans tous les contextes environnementaux, affectant la sécurité et le bien-être des nations, des communautés et des individus, et compromettant la réalisation des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD). Bien que les liens entre VBG et questions environnementales soient complexes et se produisent à de multiples échelles, ces menaces aux droits humains et à la santé des écosystèmes ne sont pas insurmontables.

Gender-based violence and environment linkages during COVID-19: Information note, Second edition: November 2020

In April 2020, anticipating a rise in gender-based violence (GBV) in relation to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IUCN Global Programme on Governance and Rights prepared an information note to support awareness amongst conservation and sustainable development stakeholders about potential risks and to consider ways to anticipate and address them. Over the last few months, significant evidence has emerged in relation to these trends, as well as some promising practice and recommendations to inform future gender-responsive conservation and sustainable development efforts.

Español: Vínculos entre la Violencia de Género y el Medio Ambiente: La violencia de la desigualdad

Producida por la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) con la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) en el marco de la iniciativa Avance de las Dimensiones de Género en el Medio Ambiente (AGENT) este estudio presenta los hallazgos sobre los vínculos entre la violencia de género y el medio ambiente para apoyar acciones fortalecidas en los sectores ambientales y de desarrollo sostenible.

English: Gender-based violence and environment linkages: The violence of inequality

Reviewing over 1,000 sources of information, gathering nearly 100 case study submissions and having analyzed survey responses from over 300 practitioners along with numerous expert-informant interviews, this study focuses on three major areas where GBV-environment linkages act as barriers to equitable, effective, rights-based conservation and sustainable development: access and control over natural resources; environmental pressures and threats; and environmental action to conserve, defend and protect natural resources.

An IUCN-USAID partnership

IUCN works with USAID and other partners, including diverse IUCN Members, to build information, awareness, capacities and innovative approaches to address gender-based violence and environment linkages.

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The GBV-ENV Center is coordinated under Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), a ten-year collaboration between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GenDev). 


IUCN works with USAID and other partners to build information, awareness, capacities and innovative approaches to address gender-based violence and environment linkages.

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The GBV-ENV Center is building a community of practice on identifying and addressing linkages to strengthen environment programming.

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