Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls 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.
IISD actively works with governments and other actors to ensure consideration of gender issues in sustainable development policies and investments. We recognize that gender inequalities intersect with other forms of discrimination, requiring systemic change that enables people of all genders – in all their diversity – to realize their rights.
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
To this end, we provide evidence, guidance, and tools for decision-makers to adopt gender-responsive approaches to policy development and implementation. We partner with like-minded organizations from the grassroots to the global level, working collectively to further the movement for gender equality.
Including Women in Sustainable Reconstruction in Ukraine
While Russia's aggression continues, planning for recovery in Ukraine has already begun. To ensure reconstruction is sustainable, women must be leading participants in the post-war recovery.
Putting Equity at the Heart of the Global Stocktake
Capturing the world's collective progress towards achieving the Paris Agreement goals requires a look at who is being left behind and what we must do to create an equitable, climate-resilient future for all.
Solving the Injustices Caused by Climate Change
"We have to ensure that we give a voice to people who are often considered voiceless in conversations about climate change and climate adaptation."
Research and analysis
Women and the Mine of the Future
A collaborative project to increase understanding of the status quo for women in mining, so stakeholders can anticipate, assess, and address gendered impacts as the sector evolves.
Integrating Gender Considerations into Sustainable Bonds
The purpose of this guide is to stimulate action through a step-by-step explanation of how a gender equality lens can be integrated into all sustainable bond issuances.
Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM)
The report includes cases studies from Zimbabwe, Peru, and the Philippines and outlines some key principles for a more inclusive and equitable sector.
Mainstreaming Gender in Trade Policy: Practice, evidence, and ways forward
Gender-related provisions are becoming more common in trade agreements. To what extent do they help—or hinder—efforts to achieve gender equality?
Climate Change and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
How can we ensure that climate action works hand in hand with efforts to realize SRHR?
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.
IGF Case Study: Leveraging Technologies for Gender Equality in Mining Communities
How can sharing technological infrastructure support gender equality and serve the broad betterment of mining communities?
After COP 28: What's next for adaptation?
IISD experts Anne Hammill, Angie Dazé, Emilie Beauchamp, Jeffrey Qi, and Alec Crawford take a closer look at what we saw—and did not see—on adaptation at COP 28 in Dubai, and where we go from here.
Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation
Discover tools, recommendations, and case studies on how to plan, design, and implement nature-based solutions for adaptation that advance gender equality and social inclusion while enhancing resilience, biodiversity, and ecosystem integrity.
Parental Leave Policies in the Mining Sector
An in-depth look at international and national parental leave frameworks and policies across 12 countries.
Integrating Gender Equality and Mine Closure: Actions for governments
Report on how mine closure and gender equality intersect and how governments can ensure closure practices and policies integrate gender considerations.
IISD Annual Report 2022–2023
At IISD, we’ve been working for more than three decades to create a world where people and the planet thrive. As the climate crisis unfolds on our doorsteps and irreversible tipping points loom, our team has been focused more than ever on impact.
Climate adaptation initiatives launched in Binga
The adoption of nature-based solutions for adaptation against climate change is seen as one of the steps to enhancing sustainability and food security. World Wildlife Fund Zimbabwe has come up with a Climate Adaptation and Protected Areas initiative where it is working with Binga and Hwange Rural District Councils, government departments, traditional leaders and local communities to promote natural solutions to strengthening climate resilience and protecting biodiversity.
New legal tool can help governments get food systems back on track
The IISD Model Contract Clauses for Responsible Investment in Agriculture offer agricultural investment negotiators, state lawyers, and policy-makers a series of user-friendly, customizable contract provisions to help them design responsible and effective agricultural investment contracts. Such contracts help supplement gaps in domestic laws, not replace them, to get food systems back on track.
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