Everything Counts! Valuing Environmental Initiatives with a Gender Equity Perspective in Latin AmericaPosted on: 18 September 2008 - 5:05pm
Women and men make distinctly different contributions to the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity. Yet over the past decade little progress has been made on understanding the
fundamental roles that women play in the use, management and conservation of biodiversity.
Gender is absent from the climate change discussions and initiatives which have largely focused on mitigation (e.g. reduction of greenhouse gases) rather than on the adaptation strategies which poor women and men need for their security.
Women2000 and Beyond: Making Risky Environments Safer: Women Building Sustainable and Disaster-Resilient EnvironmentsPosted on: 18 September 2008 - 4:59pm
When women and men confront natural or environmental disasters such as forest fires, droughts, earthquake and volcanic eruption, their responses tend to mirror their role and position in society. Accounts of disaster situations worldwide show that responsibilities follow traditional gender roles: women's work carries over from traditional tasks in the household while men take on leadership positions. In addition, women and girls are often viewed in these situations as victims in special need of emergency relief.
Common Ground, Women’s Access to Natural Resources and the United Nations Millennium Development GoalsPosted on: 18 September 2008 - 4:58pm
Due to traditional gender roles, many women and girls are denied access to and control over water, energy, land and biodiversity, despite their critical role in sustaining these natural resources. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can potentially address this concern. They provide an effective mechanism for simultaneously tackling multiple issues such as poverty (Goal 1), gender inequalities (Goal 3) and environmental degradation (Goal 7).
The drylands of the world cover approximately 40 percent of the earth's land surface and are a direct source of livelihood for about a billion people, especially in developing countries. However, nearly all drylands are at risk of land degradation as a result of climate change, population growth, land overuse and poverty. Agricultural and environmental policies and programs often fail to recognize women's particular needs and crucial contribution to the use and management of dryland resources.
Drinking water in sufficient quantity and quality is one of the most basic human needs and it is a human right. Millennium Development Goal 7 on Environmental Sustainability aims to reduce by half the number of people who have no access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation.
This presentation discusses indoor air pollution risks, citing conditions in the People's Republic of China and India and the common use of fuels such as wood, coal and straw. It explores the improvements that a move to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) can bring, listing the health, environment, and gender equality benefits of using LPG.
Much of the mainstream literature on environmentally sustainable development has ignored the gender dimensions. In the instances where there has been specific attention to women, they have been viewed as naturally privileged managers of environmental resources with little attention paid to how gender relations systematically differentiate poor men and women in processes of production and reproduction and relegate women to environmentally-based activities and limit their access to other types of livelihood activity.
There is no scarcity of reflections and commentary on the impact of the disaster that shook the coasts of several Asian countries on 26 December 2004. The media have, at least until recently, looked into almost every conceivable angle: the impact on tourism, the impact on the environment, revealed underwater villages, even the impact on animals.
Gender, Environment, and Poverty Interlinks: Regional Variations and Temporal Shifts in Rural India, 1971-91Posted on: 28 July 2008 - 1:57pm
This paper analyzes the interrelationships between gender, poverty and the environment in rural India, focusing especially on regional variations and temporal shifts over 1971-91. Briefly identifying the major factors underlying environmental degradation, it traces why and how this degradation, and the appropriation of natural resources by the state (statization) and by some individuals (privatization), tend to have particularly adverse implications for the female members of poor rural households.