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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

Vote in the Women’s Major Group elections!
Our Executive Director Sascha Gabizon is running for regional Organising Partner of European, Caucasus and Central Asian region (UNECE).
08.02.2017

Regional African Training for Women #Agenda2030 advocates, trainers and media experts from civil society
Women Environmental Programme (WEP) convened 2-day training for expert women Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
18.12.2016

WECF at COP 22: “Why do we need moustaches to be heard?”
On Thursday, November 10 2016 the Women and Gender Constituency hosted an interactive ACTION at COP22 to highlight institutionalised barriers to women’s participation in climate decision-making at all levels
11.11.2016

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Latest Press Release

PRESS RELEASE / SDG WATCH EUROPE / BRUSSELS / 23 NOVEMBER 2016
Civil society criticises “Business As Usual” as Commission publishes its plans for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
23.11.2016


Featured Project

Women's Rio+20 Good Practice Award
During the Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, women’s contribution to sustainable development was highlighted by the Women's Rio+20 Good Practice Award
Donors: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ’s programme “Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Rights“
Partners: Women's Major Group, UNEP and the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment
Duration: 01/2012 - 12/2012


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Latest Publications

Albania published its 3rd National Communication under the UNFCCC with a chapter on gender equality
Under the auspices and with the support of UNDP WECF’s gender expert Anke Stock developed guidelines assisting Albania to abide by UNFCCC’s reporting requirements regarding gender equality issues
17.11.2016

EWA: "Empower Women - Benefit (for) All"
The EWA Project in Georgia - an overview
01.07.2016

Milestone gender and environment report from UNEP shows gender should be at heart of sustainable development
UNEP, together with report partners including WECF and Global Forest Coalition (GFC) launched a new and pivotal report, “GGEO – Global Gender Environment Outlook”
25.05.2016

WECF publishes analysis of CEDAW Reports on Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and South Africa
The WECF report analyses the existing legislative barriers to gender equality which obstruct women’s empowerment and gender parity. The research is based on the reports each country submitted to the Committee of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
18.04.2016

WECF and Women’s Major Group view for UNEP on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In the recent issue of Perspectives, a publication of the UNEP, WECF's Sascha Gabizon and the Women’s Major Group shared their perspectives on the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda
23.12.2015

Case Study: gender-sensitive climate mitigation action - NAMA
Recommendations, best practices and lessons learned from developing the first „Gender Sensitive“ NAMA - National Appropriate Mitigation Action, in Georgia
25.11.2015

Check out our project activities in Tajikistan!
This video documents WECF’s activities in Tajikistan on gender equality
23.10.2015

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