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If We’re Going to Talk about the Environment, We Need to Talk About Gender

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. In honor of promoting gender equality, we are pleased to share excerpts from an article written by Groundswell co-founder and former Board member Natalie Elwell, who is the senior gender advisor at the World Resources Institute (WRI). In the article, Natalie and her WRI colleague Yasemine Williams discuss the necessary connection between environmental programs and programs that support gender equality. 

“Mounting evidence shows that advancements in gender equality could have a profoundly positive impact on social and environmental well-being. But if not managed properly, environment projects can actually spur gender inequality. It’s a connection that anyone working in the environment and sustainable development space must keep in mind.”

The article states that there is a strong correlation between environmental degradation and gender inequality, meaning that if we want to support conservation and environmental restoration, we should also focus on improving gender inequality. 

“Globally, the evidence has been mounting in linking gender equality and enhanced environmental outcomes. For example, countries with more women in their parliaments are more likely to set aside protected land areas and ratify international environmental treaties. In fact, evidence reveals that there is a correlation between environment and gender; when gender inequality is high, forest depletion, air pollution and other measures of environmental degradation are also high.”

Click here to read the full article from the World Resources Institute. 


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