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Environment and Gender



Environmental degradation has gendered impacts that need to be properly assessed and monitored to understand and subsequently adopt gender-responsive strategies and policies. While designing these, it is essential that measures targeting gender equality and women’s empowerment be adequately formulated and mainstreamed. Gender norms can affect the impact that people can have on the environment, and there is still a lack of women in decision-making and leadership positions regarding environmental matters.

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In focus


Gender mainstreaming is one of the cross-sectoral activities in the Environment Division. The Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP) has recognized the importance of gender mainstreaming in environmental policies and strategies and, therefore, updates on gender-related activities by the Environment Division are regularly presented at the sessions of CEP.