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.
Sustainability Standards and 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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Millions of dollars worth of fossil fuel subsidies could be better targeted by governments to benefit poor women.
Why Public Policy Matters When It Comes to Gender Equality
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.
Gender-Responsive Climate Action
What does gender-responsive climate action look like? Expert commentary on achieving gender-responsive climate action through women’s empowerment, inclusive policy-making and other innovative practices.
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.
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.
How a Great Green Wall is Bringing Life Back to the Desert
This episode is about an initiative covering 780 million hectares in Africa to combat climate change, desertification, poverty, and food insecurity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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