women's rights

Interview with John Knox: what causes violence against environmental defenders?

IUCN NL’s Femke Wijdekop invited two internationally renowned human rights lawyers to engage in a conversation on the challenges environmental defenders face and how to tackle them. As the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox is the leading ambassador for defenders who are fighting for their right to a sustainable environment. Netherlands-based human rights lawyer Jan […]

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The Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (VIDS): Ensuring Community Voices Influence National Policy in Suriname: A local to national policy-level initiative

The Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (Vereniging van Inheemse Dorpshoofden in Suriname – “VIDS”) is an association of indigenous village leaders from every indigenous village in Suriname. VIDS was established by village leaders in 1992 and its goals and objectives are to promote and defend the rights of indigenous peoples, to speak for indigenous peoples at the national and international […]

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The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF): Empowering African Women to Influence REDD+

The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des Forêts, or “REFACOF”) aims to make concrete, meaningful, and effective contributions to forest governance in order to influence national policies and international frameworks regarding women’s rights and tenure in member countries. Under African customary law, women seldom own or inherit land, and the […]

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This latest report from UN Women examines the status of women in the global economy and proposes a new economic policy agenda that aims to boost gender equality. Included is a telling set of statistics and analysis that illustrate the gender gap and gender discrimination experienced in the labor force. The report introduces ten recommendations that promote a global society that measures economic success based on the fulfillment of human rights rather than strictly traditional economic indicators.

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This guide aims to educate the funding community about the importance of and need for funding women’s grassroots efforts to combat climate change. It includes information describing how women are disproportionately affected by climate change and their relative lack of voice in climate change related decision making. It also provides guidelines on how to connect donors with climate change women’s initiatives and the impact such funds can have at the local, regional and global level.

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