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Gender equality and women’s empowerment are matters of fundamental human rights and social justice. Women play vital roles as natural resource managers, knowledge holders and caregivers, yet remain under-represented in decision-making processes. Full and equitable participation of women in social and economic life is essential to nature conservation and sustainable development.

IUCN provides technical and capacity-building support to government and non-government stakeholders to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment are integral to environmental and development initiatives.


  • identifies opportunities for increased participation of women in environmental and development policies and initiatives;
  • coordinates projects which help countries implement their commitments to gender equality as part of national programmes and international agreements;
  • develops methodologies and guidelines on ways to include gender equality and women’s empowerment in national and international biodiversity conservation strategies.
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