Advancing Gender in the Environment: Exploring the triple nexus of gender inequality, state fragility, and climate change

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Across countries, gender inequality, state fragility, and climate vulnerability present challenges to the well-being of communities and the ecosystems upon which they depend. While much research exists connecting pairs of these issues—for example, the need for gender-responsive approaches to realize climate goals—little attention has been devoted to the intersection of the three issues, nor to how this ‘triple nexus’ could be taken into account toward more effective sustainable development decision-making and programming.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), conducted this study under its 10-year partnership on Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) to explore the links related to the triple-nexus topics.

This study reinforces the need for integrated gender-responsive policy and program approaches that incorporate gender, climate, and state fragility considerations, which IUCN, together with its members, peers and partners, can pursue through ongoing knowledge building, capacity building and technical support. In any such actions, women and girls should be supported and positioned as actors for peace and resilience.

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