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What is Gender and the Environment?

"Women ... play an essential role in the management of natural resources, including soil, water, forests and energy ... and often have a profound traditional and contemporary knowledge of the natural world around them" - World Bank

The environment today is a pressing global challenge facing our world, and therefore it is essential to focus on advocacy towards understanding the linkages between gender and a variety of environmental/sustainable development topics (i.e. the differential cause and effect of environmental degradation on men and women and importantly, the role of women as agents of change in regards to mitigation and adaptation to the changing environment.) WEDO

Men and women use resources differently and have different roles in society. To be effective, strategies to preserve the environment must therefore pay close attention to the impact of disparities between women and men on access to resources and opportunities. On the other hand, gender equality is a development objective in its own right, and sustainable development strategies must aim to foster women’s empowerment and effective participation. This implies involving women and men as partners and allies in formulating and pursuing strategies for more equal societies. OECD

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme