Gender and the environment are in the spotlight on this #InternationalWomensDay

‘Understanding the gender-environment nexus is not only key to understanding social and environmental inequities and barriers to sustainable development, but to unlocking options for transformative action, as well’, according to UN Environment. A new UN report examines this in more detail, outlining why environmental issues impact women more strongly and what needs to be done to close the gap.

“This report seeks to provide a framework to measure the nexus between gender and the environment. It proposes 18 gender-environment indicators for inclusion in the wider set of gender indicators, across the focal areas of right to land, natural resources and biodiversity; access to food, energy, water and sanitation; climate change, sustainable production and consumption, and health; and women in environmental decision making at all levels.
The report also proposes specific ways that the links between gender and environment could be considered in the Sustainable Development Goals,” writes Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UN Environment, in the foreword to the report: Gender and environment statistics: Unlocking information for action and measuring the SDGs.

The UN Environment is holding events today focusing on the need to #SolveDifferent and empower women. Do your bit by sharing this video to ‘raise awareness of how environmental issues can impact women more severely’.