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Opinion: A Major Push Forward for Gender and Environment

NEW YORK/NAIROBI, Mar 30 2015 (IPS) - Experts from around the world gathered in New York recently to launch work on the Global Gender Environment Outlook (GGEO), the first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment of gender issues in relation to the environment and sustainability.

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Women in the Philippines at the Forefront of the Health Food Movement

MANILA, Mar 20 2015 (IPS) - When Tinay Alterado’s team from ARUGAAN, an organisation of women healthcare advocates, visited Eastern Visayas, a region of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, they noticed that the relief and rescue sites were flooded with donated milk for ...

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Women Turn Drought into a Lesson on Sustainability

KARACHI, Mar 17 2015 (IPS) - When a group of women in the remote village of Sadhuraks in Pakistan’s Thar Desert, some 800 km from the port city of Karachi, were asked if they would want to be born a woman in their next life, the answer from each was a resounding ‘no’.

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Gender equality and earth’s future

Inclusive sustainable development can be realised only when all human rights – including gender equality – are protected, respected, and fulfilled.

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Gender Equality and Earth’s Future

Twenty years ago, the adoption by 189 governments of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action marked a turning point in the history of women’s rights. This progressive blueprint remains a powerful source of inspiration in the effort to realize equal opportunities for women and girls.

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Gender equality: World leaders have “failed”

As the world marked International Women's Day on 8 March, a new report by the United Nations says that world leaders have failed women and girls in achieving gender equality, and that climate change is one key factor that undermines these efforts.

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March 8 also for women in conservation

Do we still need to celebrate Women’s International Day? The answer is probably in episodes of violence, everyday situations, words and deeds in many places of the world that indicate the contempt for women’s rights or disrespect of women as human beings.

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Tech-Savvy Women Farmers Find Success with SIM Cards

MAHABUBNAGAR, India, Mar 4 2015 (IPS) - Jawadi Vimalamma, 36, looks admiringly at her cell phone. It’s a simple device that can only be used to send or receive a call or a text message.

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Malawi: Gender Equity, Catalyst for Sustainable Development

Minister of Gender,Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati has emphasized the need for gender equality, equity and women empowerment if the country was to achieve sustainable development.

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Where women take up cudgels to save forests

KEYLONG (HIMACHAL PRADESH): A movement that a handful of woman activists started in the early 1980s to save forests in the Himalayan terrain of the picturesque Lahaul Valley, populated mainly by Buddhists, has yielded the fruit of labour.

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Women Pick Up the Slack as Fishing Declines on India’s Southern Coasts

NAGAPATTINAM, India, Feb 12 2015 (IPS) - Geeta Selvaraj and a few other women take turns to prepare meals with just one large gas cooker in a tiny shop.

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Focus on Gender: Farming app is out of touch with reality

A smartphone app called IFA Krishi Nepal has been designed to inform Nepali farmers about agricultural techniques, livestock disease, the weather and market prices, SciDev.Net reported earlier this month.

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Africa’s Rural Women Must Count in Water Management

NAIROBI, Jan 26 2015 (IPS) - More women’s voices are being heard at international platforms to address the post-2015 water agenda, as witnessed at the recently concluded international U.N International Water Conference held from Jan. 15 to 17 in Zaragoza, Spain.

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Women’s rights to land and property still a myth

In many parts of the world, Uganda inclusive, women’s rights to land and property are denied. The existing laws give women fewer or less secure rights than men, and inequitable and discriminatory attitudes and practices undermine them.

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Asia-Pacific Analysis: Asia’s invisible women farmers

Women hold up half the sky, so goes the Chinese saying. Yet in the developing countries of Asia, they do not get half the credit for it.

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Pushing for Gender Equity at COP20

LIMA, Dec 10 2014 (IPS) - Despite international acknowledgement that women are disproportionately affected by climate change, the Lima climate negotiations have been slow to deliver progress on recognising their importance, while threats of pushback loom on the horizon.

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OPINION: Women Must Be Partners and Drivers of Climate Change Decision-Making

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 2014 (IPS) - As leaders from around the world gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss global cooperation in addressing climate change, a woman in Guatemala will struggle to feed her family from a farm plot that produces less each season.

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Climate smart villages help female farmers in Nepal

Seven years ago, Tanka Maya Magar, who lives on the outskirts of Belbari, a town in Morang district in eastern Nepal, suddenly had to do something she had never done before.

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Women on climate change frontline make big impact on small grants

From Guatemala to Indonesia, bold action by women in communities threatened by extreme weather shows there is an alternative to costly international schemes

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Women on the Edge of Land and Life

SUNDARBANS, India, Nov 26 2014 (IPS) - November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

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Women Spearhead Biodiversity Protection in Tajikistan

Despite being a biodiversity hotspot, since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, Tajikistan has remained a poor country.

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Are we miscommunicating gender in science?

Later this month, Paraguay will host the 10th Iberoamerican Congress on Science, Technology and Gender

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Investing in female scientists to feed Africa

In this interview, Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development fellowship programme in Kenya, talks about AWARD’s work supporting the careers of female agricultural scientists across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Human Rights and Gender Equality Vague in Post-2015 Agenda

With the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda currently under discussion, civil society actors in Europe are calling for a firmer stance on human rights and gender equality, including control of assets by women.

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Gender equality for the environment: An unfinished agenda

Women work closely with natural resources — and need to be closely involved in managing them, says Lakshmi Puri.

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Zimbabwe: Gender Sensitive Redd+ Crucial

MANY Zimbabweans mistakenly think that the terms "gender" and "woman" are synonyms and can be used inter-changeably as they refer to the same thing.

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Women's natural role overlooked in India

"You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women," said Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. The empowerment of women has emerged as a sine qua non of progress in recent times. [1]

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Equality for Women and Sustainable Development Go Hand in Hand

Half of the world’s farmers are women, but women only own about one percent of the world’s land. Similarly, women make up nearly 50 percent of the global fisheries workforce, but in most countries have little to no say in how fisheries are managed.

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Developing World Boasts Leading Women Conservationists (Op-Ed)

When I think of historic female figures in conservation, my mind jumps to two trailblazing women: First, there's Rachel Carson, whose book "Silent Spring" kick-started the American environmental movement and gave rise to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Then, there's Jane Goodall , the ...

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Mind the gap: closing gender divide in African agriculture could reduce hunger

Investing in women farmers and improving childcare could bolster food security across the continent, World Bank finds

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Tech can give women the space to fight for their rights

Aid agencies have ambitious goals to empower women in the developing world. Yet many feminists believe donors’ gender policies are depoliticised — that they fail to address the unequal power balances between men and women.

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Gender Counts in the Aftermath of Disaster

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 31 2014 (IPS) - The rise in natural disasters in the Caribbean due to climate change has led to increased suffering for both men and women, much of it as a consequence of socially constructed roles based on gender, experts say.

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Action, not words, will empower Africa’s women scientists

Endless discussion just impedes concrete steps to tackle Africa’s gender imbalance in science, says Bola Olabisi.

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Women Farmers in Chile to Teach the Region Agroecology

SANTIAGO, Jan 4 2014 (IPS) - An organisation that brings together some 10,000 peasant and indigenous women from Chile is launching an agroecology institute for women campesinos, or small farmers, in South America.

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‘Climate changes increasing workload on women’

KARACHI: The impact of climate change is mostly discussed in terms of global warming, agriculture and health but on Thursday, a seminar organised by Shirkat Gah looked into how the women in Pakistan have been affected by the climatic change in Sindh’s coastal belt.

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Focus on Gender: women are more than agricultural victims

The editor of a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report has concluded that smallholder farmers must be involved in biotechnology and innovation research to reduce poverty.

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New index aims to spur gender equality in environmental policy

WARSAW (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new index that ranks countries on gender equality in environmental policy and action aims to motivate governments to do better, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said this week.

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Driving Home the Link Between Gender and Climate Change

WARSAW, Nov 18 2013 (IPS) - Tuesday was Gender Day at the COP19 climate summit in Warsaw, and many of the events that took place in the National Stadium focused on the topic of gender and its relation with climate change, and tried to shed a light on problems that require action from policy-makers.

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Nepalese women farmers in portraits

Women play a crucial role in the rural economy, both in developing and developed countries. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future.”

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Focus on Gender: Innovators should consider local customs

A leader of the UN Development Programme's innovation team recently said that the development community needs to move away from what he perceives as its focus on top-down innovations.

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Gender Integration in REDD+: From Promises to Practice

The revision of the Climate Community Biodiversity (CCB) standards, the launch of the Women’s Carbon Standard (WCS), and the release of the Action Steps booklet by Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) and REDD+ Social and Environmental Standard (REDD+ SES) - all mark important a ...

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Women and the New Global Development Agenda

Here is what we know: where women succeed, communities prosper -- from Texas to Thailand. This is the basic premise that Planned Parenthood and civil society organizations around the world have brought to the table in the global conversation around how best to reduce poverty and foster sustainab ...

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Focus on Gender: Women can help lower food losses

Further investment in agricultural research is essential if we are to avert a global famine caused by inadequate crop yields and a growing population in the coming decades, according to the director of the Global Wheat Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.

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Changes afoot to ensure gender aware climate policies

The Pacific region is one of the most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, with effects already being felt in sectors such as agriculture, water resources, forestry and tourism. But what mechanisms are in place to ensure women’s involvement in climate change processes?

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Nigeria: All the President's Women

For their efforts in bringing change into the government, public service and to inspire young women for excellent public service, the thirteen serving female ministers have become the cynosure of all eyes.

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Korogwe women earn living from beekeeping

Rehema Mbaruku (45) is one of the happiest women in Foroforo village located 48 kilometres from Korogwe district headquarters in Tanga region.

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Focus on Gender: Working to raise the productivity of women farmers

Amid the current debates around hunger, food security and nutrition, some international development experts are calling for the 'gender gap' to be closed. [1] What does this mean and how can it be done? The World Bank may have the answer.

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Agriculture Leans on Japanese Women

TOKYO, Jun 26 2013 (IPS) - Yukako Harada, an energetic 29-year-old, is part of a small but determined band of women farmers working hard to revitalise Japan’s moribund agricultural sector, which is feeling the crunch of an ageing population and a flood of cheap imports.

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Uganda: UN Boss Hails Women Conservation Project

A women's fish farming project that emphasises conserving biodiversity on Lake Victoria, has been hailed by the UN Development Programme Administrator, Helen Clark.

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Women are 'key drivers' in climate change adaptation

Plans to protect ecosystems and help people adapt to climate change ― also known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) ― must involve vulnerable groups, including women and communities greatly hit by global warming if they are to succeed, according to scientists who met in Tanzania last month (21- ...

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