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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. 
  • Report
    Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Current status of research

    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.

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  • Commentary
    Rural Women, Partner in the Development Process

    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...

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  • Paper
    Power, Gender and Fossil-fuel Subsidy Reform in India

    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,...

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