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Paper Launch - Intrinsically linked: gender equality, climate, and biodiversity

Datum: 09-12-2021
Tijd: 15.00-16.30 CET
Locatie: online

The climate crisis is the biggest challenge of our time. Worldwide women play a critical role in the fight against climate change: they challenge extractive projects and the loss of biodiversity, they are knowledge holders, and lead innovations in important sectors, such as renewable energy and water-, forest- and land management. However, these women and other marginalized groups are mostly excluded from relevant decision-making processes and have little access to financial resources.
This is highly problematic from a human rights perspective and detrimental to sustainable solutions for the climate, biodiversity, and inequality crises. Dutch climate, biodiversity, finance, as well as trade, investment, water, and agricultural policies will need to address the unequal power structures and unlimited use of natural resources underlying these interconnected crises.
We are at a pivotal moment. The Glasgow Climate Summit, UNFCCC COP26, saw new commitments and voluntary pledges from governments and the international community. In January next year, biodiversity negotiations will take place ahead of the UN Biodiversity Summit (CBD COP) of April-May 2022. Then, in March, the UN’s largest annual conference on women’s rights and gender equality, the Commission on the Status of Women, will focus on the intersections between women’s rights, gender equality, climate and environment. How can these important international conferences of 2021 and 2022 contribute to gender just climate and environmental action?
WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform, ActionAid, Both ENDS and WECF would like to invite you to this launch and informal discussion about the interlinkages of gender, climate, and biodiversity and the role the (new) Dutch government can take to actively address these links. In this session, we will:
  • Launch our joint paper Intrinsically linked: gender equality, climate and biodiversity, which illustrates the intrinsic links between these three policy areas, and offers concrete proposals to the Dutch government to integrate these links.
  • Hear from activists and women’s rights organizations working on biodiversity and climate solutions on the ground.
  • Look back on the outcomes of the climate and biodiversity conferences and look ahead at the Commission on the Status of Women conference and UN Biodiversity COP
  • Facilitate an interactive discussion with the audience about their experiences; how to ensure further linking and learning on these topics; and the actions the Dutch government could and should take.
Please send an email to Annabel Wildschut to register for this event. After registration, more information about the programme will be shared! The event will be in English.
English and Dutch versions of the paper are available here