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March  2011

[Rio+20sc] Press Release: International Women's Day: Why is Rio +20 important for women?

Utrecht/Munich, March 7, 2012 – In three months time, on 20-22 of June 2012, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Rio+20, will take place in Rio de Janeiro. 20 years after the historic Earth Summit, women's participation in the process and input on the themes and objective will be crucial to a successful outcome .....more


Latest News on Gender and EnvironmentGlobal Peace Initiative of Women Convenes Environmental Conference in Kenya

The Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW), a non-governmental organization of contemplative leaders based in the United States, held today an environmental conference at the headquarters of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. .....more


Innovative approaches to gender and food security: Changing attitudes, changing behaviours


It is a bitter irony that our world currently produces enough food to provide for every woman, man and child, yet a recent estimate by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) suggests that around 925 million people go to bed hungry each night......more


 The female face of farming: infographic

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/mar/02/female-face-farming-fao#zoomed-picture

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/mar/02/female-face-farming-fao#_

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and Farming First have produced this interactive graphic showing how women pull their weight in agriculture around the world - and they've given us the entire image for you to download. Click on the picture below to see the facts

 Q&A: Climate Funding Needs Gender EquityUNITED NATIONS, Feb 29 (IPS) - Gender considerations remain largely disregarded in existing climate funds, even though women are some of the hardest hit by the impacts of climate change on livelihoods and agriculture.The Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to raise 100 billion dollars a year from rich nations by 2020, could prove to be .....more
 February  2012

Women Take the Reins of the Green Economy

DELHI, India – Fifty of the most influential women in business, media and civil society came together today to increase the participation and leadership of women in India and key countries of South Asia in the design and implementation of the “post-carbon” economy.
Earth Day Network (EDN), in partnership with The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), hosted the day-long forum in Delhi, India, as part of their Women and the Green Economy (WAGE®) campaign. .more

December 2011

Latest News on Gender and EnvironmentWomen Most at Risk from Climate Disasters, Says UN Report

Investment in Green Technologies Can Improve Women’s Climate Adaptation Capacity & Livelihood Opportunities

Increase in Human Trafficking Associated with Climate-related Disasters


DURBAN / NAIROBI,  6 December 2011 - Women, particularly those living in mountain regions in developing countries, are facing disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, as well as associated risks such as human trafficking, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).....more


 Why women are world's best climate change defense - CNN.com Editor's note: Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation -- Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and serves as Honorary President of Oxfam International. .....more

November 2011

CCAFS, FAO Release Paper on Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture
30 November 2011: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released a joint paper titled “Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development.”
The paper notes the need for gender-specific responses to climate change in agriculture, and assurance that women are included in mitigation and adaptation strategies. It stresses the presence of synergies between mitigation and adaptation responses in agriculture and presents a framework and joint initiative by the FAO and CCAFS for examining gender differences in climate and agriculture work. Training materials from this initiative will focus on facilitating farmer exchanges, assessing the use of daily and seasonal forecasts, and catalyzing gender-sensitive climate smart agricultural practices. Products from the work will be available in early 2012. [Publication: Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development]

Women Losing Ground in Economic, Political Equality
IPS Terra Viva (NY).   [News Story].  
Sandra Siagian   04/11/2011.

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 2, 2011 (IPS) - While gender equality ratios have improved in 85 percent of countries over the past six years, economic participation and political empowerment for women has failed to match the steady progress of health and education, says a new report by the World Economic Forum.....more

October 2011

Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, died on September 25th, aged 71
Oct 8th 2011 | from the print edition

IN MANY ways it seems odd that Wangari Maathai’s life should have been so closely associated with struggle. Success appeared to come almost effortlessly to her, even though her origins were humble. She was born to a Kikuyu family of peasant farmers in Ihithe, a small village in the central highlands of Kenya, which was then a British colony....more

Girls are key to food security in poor countries, report says
Mark Tran
guardian.co.uk, Friday 7 October 2011 05.06 EDT

Adolescent girls and women are fundamental to unlocking the full potential of agricultural development and feeding the world, according to Chicago thinktank.Young Maasai girls in village near Narok, 170km west of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. In Kenya, most smallholder farmers are women. ....more


September 2011

Gender and climate change adaptation in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh: a preliminary analysis
Authors: R. Øvstegård; K. R. Kakumanu; A. Lakshmanan; ClimaRice
Publisher:
Bioforsk, 2010
This report outlines important gender issues in climate change adaptation and agriculture, presenting preliminary findings of an analysis carried out in India. ...more

August 2011

Young African women train for leadership
01 Aug 2011 23:27
Source: trustlaw // George Fominyen
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (R) inspects a guard of honour upon arrival for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting in Nigeria's capital Abuja December 7, 2010.REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde ...more

July 2011

Teen girls face heaviest risk from climate impacts - report
20 Jul 2011 11:30
Source: alertnet // Soumya Karlamangla
Eight-year-old Samani, taking refuge with her family after being displaced by heavy floods for almost a year, drinks her morning tea outside a makeshift shelter in Sukkur, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, on July 10, 2011. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro ...more

An Inside Look at UN Women's First Year
The Huffington Post (US).   [Analysis].   Elizabeth Dickinson  
 06/07/2011.
It's mid-day in early March and about a hundred women and girls are squeezed into a round "peace hut" in the Liberian village of Totota with the head of the new U.N. Agency, U.N. Women, looking on. Michelle Bachelet's face draws a look of compassion and concern as the ceremonies begin ...more

Dhaka Declaration: South Asian Women's Network's position on an emerging green economy       
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 14:28 
Women of South Asia, gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh from July 2 - 3, 2011, for the Third Annual Conference of SWAN (South Asia Women’s Network), which was dedicated to the theme of “Women of South Asia and the Green Economy”.  Nine South Asian countries were represented including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. ...more

Women's battle for justice
The Guardian (UK).   [Op-Ed].   Michelle Bachelet   06/07/2011.
Women across the world enjoy greater opportunities and freedoms than ever before. It is a peaceful revolution underpinned by an extraordinary transformation of legal rights. Almost every country has signed international conventions signalling their commitment to outlaw discrimination against women.  ...more

Dhaka Declaration: South Asian Women's Network's position on an emerging green economy    
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 14:28 
Women of South Asia, gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh from July 2 - 3, 2011, for the Third Annual Conference of SWAN (South Asia Women’s Network), which was dedicated to the theme of “Women of South Asia and the Green Economy”.  Nine South Asian countries were represented including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka..  ...more

Women's battle for justice
The Guardian (UK). [Op-Ed]. Michelle Bachelet 06/07/2011
Women across the world enjoy greater opportunities and freedoms than ever before. It is a peaceful revolution underpinned by an extraordinary transformation of legal rights. Almost every country has signed international conventions signalling their commitment to outlaw discrimination against women. Nearly 140 national constitutions specifically guarantee gender equality.  ...more

Equality: Expert view Among the UN's most valuable work
The Guardian (UK). [Op-Ed]. Jane Martinson 06/07/2011.
Why should a cash-strapped world support UN Women? There are other multilateral agencies covering health (the World Health Organisation), development (the World Bank) and happiness (the whole of the UN), all of which help women as well as men, so why not just leave it at that?  ...more

UN: barriers to gender equality remain
Financial Times (UK). [News Story]. James Crabtree 06/07/2011.
Women around the world are many steps closer to attaining economic and political equality - but there is still much work to be done. This is the message of Progress of the World's Women 2011-2012: In Pursuit of Justice, a significant report released today by UN Women, a UN agency founded in 2010 to campaign for global gender equality.  ...more

Solar Sister wants to light up rural Africa
The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com
Rugged, intuitive to use, affordable solar lamps that women can sell door-to-door change lives. Startup group Solar Sister is a 'business in a bag' working in several African countries to bring affordable lighting  ...more

African Renewable Energy Conference Focuses on Gender
1 July 2011: The third International Conference of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), held on the theme “Renewable Energy and Gender,” aimed to provide a platform for participants to consult about the policies, technologies and financial mechanisms needed to promote renewable energy deployment in the African region, with a focus on the linkages between energy and gender. ...more

U.N. Women's Agency Being "Strangled at Birth"
IPS Terra Viva (NY). [News Story]. Thalif Deen 01/07/2011.
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - When the United Nations inaugurated a landmark special agency for women last January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set an initial target of 500 million dollars as the proposed annual budget for the new gender-empowered body. ...more

News It's time for the UK to support UN Women – with cash
It's shameful that our government has not yet pledged funds to Michelle Bachelet's gender-equality body The UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Eric Thayer/REUTERS Six months after its historic launch, UN Women has managed to raise just one fifth of its expected funding target. At this rate, the toddler will struggle to do any of the things it was set up to do, namely co-ordinate and invest in gender equality and women's empowerment around the world. ...more