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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

SIGN: Statement on the Ministerial Declaration
Of the 2017 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals
14.07.2017

Photo: © IISD

Tribute To Honour Women’s Human Rights Defenders (#WHRDsResist) at #HLPF2017
Exhibition launched at High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development Goals
12.07.2017

HLPF: The Women’s Major Group invites you to join our Strategy Meeting (3:30 pm CET)
You are warmly invited to join our HLPF strategy meeting, 9 July 2017, 3:30-7:30pm CET at Marriott Residence Inn on East 48th st, New York
09.07.2017

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Latest Press Release

Hazardous substances and wastes in Indonesia: Gender Dimensions
BaliFokus, Indonesia, and Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), Netherlands, organised a stakeholder meeting this week at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry office in Jakarta to address the gender dimensions of hazardous substances and waste management.
26.02.2017


Featured Project

Integrating gender implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Developing an understanding to the BRS Conventions on the issue of gender equality
Donors: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Partners: Balifokus, Indonesia and Women Environment Programma (WEP), Nigeria
Duration: 08/2016 - 08/2017


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Latest Publications

How POPs, hazardous chemicals and waste have different exposures and impacts on women's and men's health
Preliminary 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

Women2030 Media Training Toolkit
If you need to know more about how to communicate your campaign to others, this Media Training Toolkit will help you. It introduces basic ‘need to know’ information about telling your stories to new audiences using photography and social media, and gives advice on engaging with mainstream media.
25.03.2017

#women2030 Brochure
Making the 2030 Goals A Reality!
14.03.2017

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

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