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Gender Equality

Putting Gender Equality Central; a project to promote a gender and human rights perspective in WECF's activities


Countries: international
Donors: WECF
Partners: WECF Netherlands, WECF Germany, WECF France, WECF member organisations
Issues: Gender & Rights
Duration: 09/2008 - 09/2011

In an effort to mainstream gender issues in WECF’s work and organisation, this year a project is executed to promote a gender and human rights perspective in WECF’s activities. Irene Dankelman, gender-environment expert from the Netherlands, has been asked to guide this process.

Main aspects include the development of a gender policy and strategy for WECF, building on the experiences from partners and the secretariat so far. This strategy will be part of the overall strategy that WECF is developing for the period 2009-2014. WECF’s International Advisory Board will advice on the draft document during its meeting, September 2008.

The development of a brochure on Sustainable Sanitation and Gender issues, and discussions around it, are part of the project. It is expected that the final document is available later this year.

WECF wants to bring a focus on the importance of gender equality into the global climate change discussions at the UNFCCC COP14 meeting in Poznan (Poland) later this year. UNFCCC mechanisms will be analyzed from a gender perspective. In consultation with other players in this field criteria and policy recommendations will be developed, that will be presented during the COP. In this effort WECF wants to cooperate with the Network of Women Ministers of Environment, and women’s organisations and networks.

More information: irene.dankelman @

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