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Gender equality is critical to achieving sustainable development. For any development effort to be sustainable and effective, it must consider the needs of all people, including those who don’t typically have a voice in decision-making.

With that in mind, IISD actively works with governments and other actors to ensure consideration of gender issues in sustainable development policies and investments. 

We focus on:

  • Addressing gender differences in development needs, opportunities and capacities
  • Promoting gender-balanced participation and influence in sustainable development decision-making processes
  • Facilitating equitable access to, and control over, resources
  • Tracking gender impacts of sustainable development policies and actions

Scroll down for examples or view our FAQ outlining what IISD does to advance gender equality.

  • Blog
    Why Gender Matters in Climate Change Adaptation

    Why Gender Matters in Climate Change Adaptation

    Effective climate change adaptation recognizes that women, men and children experience impacts differently depending on where they live, how they sustain their livelihoods, and the roles they play in their families and communities.

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  • Briefing Note
    Conducting Gender Analysis to Inform National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Reflections from six African countries

    Conducting Gender Analysis to Inform National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Reflections from six African countries

    This briefing note describes the rationale and approach that we have taken in supporting NAP-focused gender analyses in six African countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea-Conakry, Madagascar and Togo).

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  • Blog
    How Can Sustainability Standards Contribute to Empowering Women’s Food Security?

    How Can Sustainability Standards Contribute to Empowering Women’s Food Security?

    Food security is an intersectional issue and development organizations can use voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) to contribute to empowering women’s food security in agriculture.

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  • Report
    Leveraging Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Agriculture: A Guide for Development Organizations Based on the Sustainable Development Goals

    Leveraging Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Agriculture: A Guide for Development Organizations Based on the Sustainable Development Goals

    Our report, available in English and French, explains how voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) can be used as a tool to meet the SDGs and targets related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in agriculture.

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  • Blog
    Women Could Gain Far More With Better Targeting of Government Energy Subsidies, New Research Finds

    Women Could Gain Far More With Better Targeting of Government Energy Subsidies, New Research Finds

    Millions of dollars worth of fossil fuel subsidies could be better targeted by governments to benefit poor women.

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  • Policy Brief
    The Farmer and Her Husband: Legal innovations for women in contract farming

    The Farmer and Her Husband: Legal innovations for women in contract farming

    Read our policy brief to learn how contracts, if designed with women’s interests in mind, can help foster more balanced relationships between farmers and buyers, as well as female farmers and their husbands.

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  • Blog
    Why Public Policy Matters When It Comes to Gender Equality for Sustainable Development

    Why Public Policy Matters When It Comes to Gender Equality for Sustainable Development

    Cold statistics on gender equality in government reveal only part of the story; the cultures and processes behind the stats can teach us much more about where we are headed. 

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  • Blog
    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    We are proud to announce the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) recently confirmed IISD as an associate member.

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  • Blog
    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians Are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians Are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How the ECOWAS Parliamentary Network fosters food security, women’s empowerment and investment in agriculture.

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  • Report
    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Kenya

    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Kenya

    This report explores existing institutional linkages between gender, water and climate change in Kenya.

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