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Gender & Rights

WECF believes that the right to a healthy environment is the birthright of every person regardless of gender, race, colour, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws. In many instances, those groups in society that are least empowered, are most likely to suffer from environmental pollution ...

Yet, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, millions of women around the world continue to experience discrimination due to unequal access to land, property and housing. Furthermore, the economic and social discrimination that women face results in fewer and poorer life choices for women, for example making them vulnerable for human trafficking. In addition, women face gender-based violence (affecting at least 30 % of women globally) and are denied sexual and reproductive health rights in many parts of the world. Finally, female human rights defenders are often ostracized by their communities and seen as a threat to religion, honour or culture, while women’s crucial role in peace and security is often overlooked, as are the particular risks they face in conflict situations (source: OHCHR).

WECF believes that women need to be included in decision-making, both on environmental justice and on all other issues. Concerning sustainability and environmental degradation, women often suffer more due to their large share in the world’s poorest population, which is often dependent on their environment for their income, their general responsibility in large parts of the world for the production and preparation of food, the cleaning and the collection of fuel, and their lack of protection from natural disasters. However, women are also important sources for solutions for climate change and therefore their voices need not to be overlooked.


Latest News & Reports

AfricaDay in Amsterdam: WECF organises workshop on Eco-Activism
Saturday April 14th 2018, Women Engage for a Common Future held its first workshop at the annual AfrikaDag in Amsterdam. With this year’s theme being “New Activism”, members of the organization took it upon themselves to raise awareness on eco-activism
22.04.2018

Eco-Activism: What it is and Why it is Relevant
In light of this year’s theme “New Activism”, Women and Environment Network WECF, Women Engage for a Common Future, will organize a workshop on eco-activism during Africaday in Amsterdam. What is eco-activism and what are its challenges?
13.04.2018 | Audrey Van Schoote

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Latest Press Release

"What has gender got to do with chemicals" documentary gets broadcasted on Nigerian International TV
On Monday 15th of January 2018, Nigerian International TV is showing the 30 minute documentary produced by the BRS (Basel-Stockhom-Rotterdam) Conventions , WECF and WEP and made by filmmaker Laure Poinsot entitled “What has Gender got to do with Chemicals”.
12.01.2018


Featured Project

Eliminating toxic chemicals globally
Working to ensure that by 2020 all consumer products are free of hazardous chemicals
Donors: Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM), The Netherlands
Partners: AWHHE, EcoAccord, MAMA-86 Harkiev, WEN
Duration: 01/2006 - 12/2008


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Latest Publications

Gender Dimensions of Hazardous Chemicals and Waste policies under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
WECF, WEP and BaliFokus with support of the BRS Conventions secretariat have launched the advanced copy of the study "Gender Dimensions of Hazardous Chemicals and Waste Policies under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions'
30.11.2017

Gender in Sustainable Development – Collection of Exercises for Training of Trainers
Practical training manual for trainers on gender-responsive exercises
18.11.2017

Findings of a literature study: Plastics, Gender and the Environment
Lifecycle of plastics and its impacts on women and men from production to (marine) litter
07.11.2017

How POPs, hazardous chemicals and waste have different exposures and impacts on women's and men's health
WECF presents a film on the gender dimensions of POPs and hazardous chemicals in Nigeria
08.06.2017

Feasibility study of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova
An overview of the feasibility of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova. In each country, existing national climate and energy policies are examined and, if existing, feed-in tariffs for renewable energy are explained.
12.05.2017

Agenda 2030 as a new driving force for gender equality
Anke Stock and Sascha Gabizon writing about the Sustainable Development Goals in "European Expression: Gender Equality and Mainstreaming"
03.05.2017

NGO statement concerning the situation in Belarus
21st meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention Geneva, 4-6 April 2017
07.04.2017

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