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IISD Researcher Receives Gender and Environment Advocate Award

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IISD is very proud to announce that Julie Dekens, senior researcher with IISD’s Resilience Program, has received a major award from the Geneva Environment Network.

The Gender and Environment Advocate Award recognizes Geneva-based individuals’ commitment and contribution to the advancement and support of gender equality and women's empowerment in the field of the environment.

Dekens was one of 18 Gender and Environment Advocates who accepted the award at a ceremony held on International Women's Day, March 8, 2017.

“It’s a great honour to receive this award,” said Dekens.  “Advancing gender equality—both in the environmental field and more broadly—requires collaboration and persistence, and I would not be receiving this award if not for the support of IISD colleagues who champion gender issues, as well as the many international groups and individuals we partner with who are committed to advancing women's empowerment.”

Dekens currently leads the development of IISD’s work in agricultural value chains and private sector engagement in climate adaptation. She is also leading research focused on ways in which National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes are supporting gender equality.  

Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, director of IISD’s Economic Law and Policy program, was recognized as one of the Geneva Environment Network’s Gender and Environment Advocates in 2016.

For more information, please visit the Geneva Environment Network's website.


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