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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.

  • Report
    Tomorrow Needs Us Today: IISD’s 2020-2025 Strategic Direction

    Tomorrow Needs Us Today: IISD’s 2020-2025 Strategic Direction

    We are guided by five core priorities—Climate, Resources, Economies, Act Together and Engage—which form our CREATE strategy, presented in this document.

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  • Report
    Advancing Gender-Responsive Climate Action Through National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

    Advancing Gender-Responsive Climate Action Through National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

    This report aims to help countries engaged in NAP processes use a gender-responsive approach, regardless of where they are in the process.

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  • Report
    Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in Nigeria: Findings and recommendations

    Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in Nigeria: Findings and recommendations

    The report examines from a gender perspective the impact of kerosene subsidies and their reform in Nigeria, finding that kerosene subsidies did not work for poor women.

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  • Paper
    Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in Bangladesh: Findings and recommendations

    Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in Bangladesh: Findings and recommendations

    The report examines from a gender perspective the impact of kerosene subsidies and their reform in Bangladesh. The report advocates that kerosene subsidy reform needs to be handled with care.

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    Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in India: Findings and recommendations

    Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in India: Findings and recommendations

    The report examines the impacts of India’s subsidies to cooking gas—and their reform—from a gender perspective. It explores how liquified petroleum gas (LPG) subsidy policies and their reform affect women and girls in low-income households.

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    Toolkit for a Gender-Responsive Process to Formulate and Implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

    Toolkit for a Gender-Responsive Process to Formulate and Implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)

    This toolkit is designed to support country efforts to pursue a gender-responsive national adaptation plan (NAP) process. It offers a flexible approach, recognizing that there are opportunities to integrate gender considerations regardless of where you are in the NAP process.

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  • Discussion Paper
    IGF Case Study: Automation and Water-Saving Technologies

    IGF Case Study: Automation and Water-Saving Technologies

    These case studies highlight the key emerging technologies that are being rolled out in the mining sector and their potential impacts on mining-rich countries. Case studies based on innovations in Australia, Mali and South Africa, focusing on two different types of technologies (namely automation and water-saving technologies) illustrate what the possible impacts could be and how governments are responding to those challenges.

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  • Discussion Paper
    IGF Case Study: Skills Building for Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

    IGF Case Study: Skills Building for Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

    Women play a crucial role in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). While their challenges in the sector have been studied extensively, increased effort is needed to create a more widespread understanding of their importance to ASM.

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    Casualty or Catalyst: Gender equality and the future of mining

    Casualty or Catalyst: Gender equality and the future of mining

    IISD hosted an event June 12, 2019, in Ottawa, Canada, focusing on gender equality and the future of mining.

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  • Blog
    What's Next for the ECOWAS Gender Network: From dialogue to action

    What's Next for the ECOWAS Gender Network: From dialogue to action

    After a week full of dialogue and knowledge exchange, parliamentarians who are part of a new network on gender equality and agriculture now face the important task of turning lessons into long-term engagement.

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