Environment, Sustainability & Energy

Gender is a leading factor for understanding the intersections of the environment, sustainability and energy. The poor (disproportionately women) are at a particular disadvantage from environmental degradation and lack of access to clean water and adequate, affordable energy. Women’s primary role in agricultural production, food preparation and water and fuel collection positions them as vital partners in building and implementing sound environmental policies. Investing in women is one of the most effective ways to advance sustainable development and fight global climate change. The diverse roles and needs of women must be recognized and addressed in programs ranging from rural development to green job creation and urban revitalization.

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Originally posted August 26, 2010 on Concern BlogsBy Allyson Brown*The Summit on the UN Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching. If we are...
By Tunisia L. Riley*On May 4, 2010 I sat in a packed room of women (and a few men) coming together to raise awareness of women and girls efforts in...
By Ruth SchechterOriginally posted April 18, 2010 on GENDER NEWS, from the Clayman Institute for Gender Research Vacuuming the carpet, making...
By Kyla Bender-Baird This Saturday I trudged through the snow to attend the 35th Scholar and Feminist Conference put on by the Barnard Center for...

News

  • June 25, 2012

    At the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, female leaders argue that reproductive health links to everything from poverty to food security to climate change and beyond.


  • May 21, 2012

    Dr. Rekha Mehra of the International Center for Research on Women recounts her visit to a village in Tanzania and growing international support for women farmers.


  • March 22, 2012

     In honor of National Women’s History Month, the Environmental Defense Fund is a series of blog posts to revisit gender balance in the Gulf Coast’s green economy.


  • March 22, 2012

     Women's Environment & Development Organization's guide to water and gender.


  • December 5, 2011

    While poor countries are jostling to ensure the lives of their people are protected in a deal on the changing climate being negotiated in Durban, various NGOs, agencies and research institutes are lobbying to get a word into the negotiating text. They...