Why the World Needs Women on Earth Day & Beyond
Global problems - Earth day (Yousef Hashem)
On Earth Day, we have to ask: who owns the Earth? Who is making the decisions that are fundamental to the health of our planet? The answer is not necessarily women.
Globally, more men own land than women. The laws or customary practices of 102 countries still deny women the same rights to access land as men. Women are underrepresented in the vast majority of environmental decision making positions and arenas. Women can and do make powerful contributions to the environment - specifically in regards to environmental protection - but time and time again we see that they are limited by political, cultural, and economic systems that ignore their role, resulting in many unheard voices and lost opportunities.
From forestry to biodiversity, our body of work brings women to the table and recognizes their incredible potential. For example, we have recently been working with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to build capacity of developing country Parties to integrate gender into their biodiversity policy, planning and programming. These are critical issues for many women, as biodiversity is the foundation of their livelihoods, their cultural beliefs and even their basic survival.
In Mexico, we recently joined with over 65 women and men to share experiences and provide input into the development of a gender-responsive National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). Mexico is the first country - with Brazil and Uganda next in line - to take part in building capacity to integrate gender into their biodiversity policy, planning and programming - ensuring both women and men will be equally taken into account in biodiversity conservation efforts and the full and effective contributions of women will be encouraged.
Read the rest at The Huffington Post
Related: Earth Day 2016: Find Out What Environmental Problems 20 Latin American Countries Face (Latin Times)
Related: Why Didn't The First Earth Day's Predictions Come True? It's Complicated (Smithsonian.com)
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