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Rural women battered by climate change

THE effects of climate change have hit hard on rural women in developing countries. This transpired during a three-day conference on climate change effects, especially on rural women organised by UN Women Multi Country Office in Benoni, Johannesburg last week.

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Diversity wins: Why involving women in decision-making matters

If you give women a voice in the management of forests and fisheries, you get better outcomes for both people and nature.

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Who owns the Earth: Why the world needs women on Earth Day and beyond

Representing a scientific environmental organization focused on valuing and conserving nature, we are often asked why the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has had a Global Gender Office for more than 20 years and why women’s and gender equality concerns are important in the ...

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Africa: Innovations Boost Income for Women Rice Farmers

Malanville, Benin — Salabanya Tabaitou no longer squints from the irritating wood smoke each time she has to parboil her rice paddy.

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Marsh loss shatters lifestyle of Iraq’s Ma’dan women

Iraq is losing crucial knowledge about water management as marshland depletion is altering the lifestyle of local women, a paper has warned.

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'Culture an ally for achieving gender equality', says Director-General of UNESCO in New York

A high-level breakfast in the margins of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York, gave delegations from around the world the chance to debate the rich and complex relationship between culture, gender, and human rights.

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The evidence is in—greater gender diversity in science benefits us all

The World Economic Forum estimated last year that at the current slow rate of progress, it will take until 2133 to close the global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics.

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Seed firms accused of neglecting female farmers

Global seed companies are failing to meet the specific needs of female farmers and provide them with the plants they need, according to a study launched today.

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Gender sensitivity could aid climate change projects

[NAIROBI] Men and women living in slums face different climate change impacts which, if overlooked, could further widen gender gaps in participatory development, says the preliminary findings of a continuing study.

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Women’s views missing at COP 21

Spend any time in UN circles and the g-word is everywhere. Gender is paraded as a significant cross-cutting issue in the new Sustainable Development Goals and in ongoing climate negotiations, touching everything from health and agriculture to sanitation and education.

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Uganda, Tanzania Need Gender Sensitive Climate Change Policies

KAMPALA, Uganda, Nov 26 2015 (IPS) - Climate Change needs to be at the top of the country’s agenda, according to a project examining Uganda’s policies. It says the country hasn’t paid enough attention to climate change in national development and agriculture plans and this needs to be turned aro ...

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Female farmers suffer twin productivity blows

Female farmers suffer from a double disadvantage of a lack of access to funds and labour, which leads to their farms being much less productive than those headed by men.

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Opinion: Women in the Face of Climate Change

BONN, Sep 2 2015 (IPS) - After surviving the storm surge wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, women in evacuation centres found themselves again fighting for survival … at times from rape. Many became victims of human trafficking while many more did anything they could ...

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The Future Tastes Like Chocolate for Rural Salvadoran Women

CALUCO/MERCEDES UMAÑA, El Salvador, Aug 20 2015 (IPS) - Idalia Ramón and 10 other rural Salvadoran women take portions of the freshly ground chocolate paste, weigh it, and make chocolates in the shapes of stars, rectangles or bells before packaging them for sale.

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How women farmers in the Andes use their knowledge to conserve biodiversity

Women farmers across the world play an important role in the conservation and care of crop diversity.

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Zimbabwe - Women Must Be Part of the Climate Change Debate

Harare, 26 June: Climate change has seen Zimbabwe experiencing prolonged droughts, extended dry season's extreme hot summers and cold winters.

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Focus on Gender: Sex, power and scientific influence

On 4 June, chemist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was selected as president of Mauritius, the first woman to preside over this small island in the Indian Ocean.

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Women to power Sri Lanka's mangrove conservation plan

COLOMBO, June 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sri Lanka's new mangrove protection scheme, the world's first country-wide initiative, is relying on women like Michel Priyadarshani, head of a fisherwomen's group in eastern Ambantotam village.

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Zimbabwean Women Weave Their Own Beautiful Future

LUPANE, Zimbabwe, Jun 3 2015 (IPS) - Seventy-seven-year-old Grace Ngwenya has an eye for detail. You will never catch her squinting as she effortlessly weaves ilala palm fronds into beautiful baskets.

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In the forest, women’s voices not heard: report

LIMA, Peru: REDD+ – with its emphasis on the sustainable management of forests, is so often pitched to communities and what they can do to help ensure their futures.

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Watch What Happens When Tribal Women Manage India’s Forests

NAYAGARH, India, Apr 30 2015 (IPS) - Kama Pradhan, a 35-year-old tribal woman, her eyes intent on the glowing screen of a hand-held GPS device, moves quickly between the trees.

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Climate Equality: Women on the Front Lines

You won't find many climate deniers in the remote mountainous villages of Nepal where melting glaciers and unpredictable rain has made subsistence living increasingly precarious.

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Women Farmers Rewrite Their History in Chile’s Patagonia Region

VALLE SIMPSON, Chile, Apr 17 2015 (IPS) - More than 100 women small farmers from Chile’s southern Patagonia region have joined together in a new association aimed at achieving economic autonomy and empowerment, in an area where machismo and gender inequality are the norm.

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Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism

EZEIZA, Argentina , Apr 16 2015 (IPS) - Rural organisations in Latin America are working on defining their own concept of feminism, one that takes into account alternative economic models as well as their own concerns and viewpoints, which are not always in line with those of women in urban areas.

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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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