Achieving gender equity is critical to sustainable development.
In all societies, women’s and men’s roles are socially constructed, but all too frequently gender-based disparities exist that disadvantage women. This impedes their development and, hence, that of humankind. Despite decades of effort, overall progress in improving women’s lives has been inconsistent. Moreover, environmental benefits and burdens affecting human capabilities are inequitably distributed. Women are still underrepresented in all levels of government and other decision-making arenas, whether at work or, for many, at home.
IISD aims to tackle these gender issues using an integrated approach that considers social, economic and environmental aspects of gender inequalities, a fresh way to address these challenges. Our approach is to provide policy advice on:
- Achieving equitable access for both women and men to: adequate food and water; increased personal security; ecosystem services, thus creating economic opportunities; and information they need about their environment.
- Striking a better gender balance in sustainable development decision-making.
- Determining the gender impacts of sustainable development policies.
How Can the SDGs Contribute to Gender Equality?
How are the Sustainable Development Goals looking to ensure gender equity. This International Women's Day, Livia Bizikova takes a look.Read More
Promoting Gender Equality in Foreign Agricultural Investments: Lessons from voluntary sustainability standards
This report looks deeper into the successes and failures of existing global standards on agribusinesses in developing countries to determine how they can help improve the situation of rural women.Read More
Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Current status of research
Little is known about the gender differentiated impacts of fossil fuel subsidy reforms. This review takes stock of existing knowledge, identifies knowledge gaps and sets out plans for future research in this area.Read More
Rural Women, Partner in the Development Process
Rural women are invaluable to sustainable development and human well-being, yet they often remain in the shadows as they face incredible challenges...Read More
Power, Gender and Fossil-fuel Subsidy Reform in India
This paper explores the link between fossil-fuel subsidies and gender in India.It focuses on the likely gender impacts of reform across cooking,...Read More
Beyond Barriers: The Gender Implications of Trade Liberalization in Southern Africa
Summary:Although trade can be a catalyst for gender equality, the effects of trade liberalization and economic globalization on women, in...Read More
Beyond Barriers: The Gender Implications of Trade Liberalization in Southeast Asia
Summary: There is little doubt that trade liberalization has had a profound effect on the well-being of women in Southeast Asia. Not all of these...Read More
Beyond Barriers: The Gender Implications of Trade Liberalization in Latin America
Summary:Empirical studies on gender impacts of trade liberalization in South American countries can be roughly divided into four groups. The first...Read More
Beyond Problems Analysis - Using Appreciative Inquiry to Design and Deliver Environmental, Gender Equity and Private Sector Development ProjectsRead More