New WRI research in Liberia finds that women’s participation in local forest management can improve both their socioeconomic status and the sustainability of forest resources that support local communities’ lives and livelihoods. Yet complex power dynamics, authority and competing interests converge to prevent women from engaging in these decision-making processes. This paper finds that significant social and regulatory change must occur to foster gender and social equity in forest governance.
This commentary highlights challenges women face in securing land rights and identifies ways to address them. It offers policymakers, development agencies, donors, land rights NGOs, practitioners, and researchers a snapshot of the land tenure landscape that can inform policies, interventions, advocacy, and research on women’s land rights.
Badly designed climate action can leave people behind. Here are five ways governments can create fair policies and ensure climate justice.
Gender, social network analysis and native trees: All these combine to offer hope and transformation to a rural community in the Brazilian state of Para, where slash-and-burn monoculture has left forests blackened and nutrition sparse.
Women have historically been left out of infrastructure fields like energy and transport. Will the low-carbon transition offer more job opportunities for women?
Leading experts on gender and climate change explore how countries can propel action on climate commitments.
Research shows that water projects can become more effective when women participate. So why are they still being left out?
In a short documentary film, "Abadiat", independent filmmaker Purabi Bose explores the struggles of adivasi, indigenous women in India, who seek recognition of their rights to community lands and forests.
In a study of corporate land deals with rural communities in Tanzania and Mozambique, women consistently received less in return for their land, and had a harder time once they were relocated—despite national commitments to gender equality.
From International Women's Day to Women's History Month, March is a good time to focus on gender equality -- and the need to support women who are the most vulnerable to climate impacts. Tackling this challenge is essential to creating a global sustainable economy.
India’s clean energy push will generate more than 330,000 full-time jobs over the next five years. Can Renewable Energy Jobs Help Reduce Poverty in India? finds that many of these jobs can provide steady incomes, healthcare benefits and skill-building opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled workers. For India’s rural poor, especially women, clean energy jobs offer an alternative to subsistence farming. But decision-makers, from government officials to private sector leaders, must act to maximize poverty reduction impacts.
Knowledge is power for the women of Sungai Berbari, Indonesia. With forest data from the Global Forest Watch platform and advocacy training from Women Research Institute, they are influencing where and how nearby agricultural companies operate.
As they struggle to care for farms and families in a changing climate, women in the developing world face unfair burdens related to their gender. A shift in approaches could increase agricultural yields and advance equal rights.
National policies encouraging women's political participation lack implementation guidelines they need to have effect.
President Trump’s decision to reinstate a policy prohibiting U.S. funding to international organizations administering or even mentioning abortion will have implications far beyond reproductive health. It will undercut women’s positive contributions to civic engagement and environmental decision-making.
While women played a key role in securing the Paris Agreement on climate change, it's clear that gender equity still hasn't fully permeated UN climate negotiations. COP22 offers several opportunities to change that.
Research by WRI and other organizations has shown that while national laws governing commercial land-based investments often mandate community participation in decision-making processes, in practice community participation remains weak, particularly for women. Women’s specific vulnerabilities, contributions to agriculture, and role as primary food providers in rural households necessitate their engagement in land acquisition and investment processes.
Laws alone can't give women a voice in decision-making. New WRI research explores how gender equity policies can be better implemented in Mozambique, Tanzania and the Philippines.
Mounting evidence shows that advancements in gender equality could have a profoundly positive impact on environmental well-being.In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, Natalie Elwell and Yasmine Williams explore the connection.
Water scarcity challenges industries around the world. Global population growth and economic development suggest a future of increased demand, competition, and cost for limited freshwater supplies. Scarcer water, in turn, creates new challenges for energy supply because coal, oil, gas, and electricity production can require massive amounts of freshwater. Yet many countries will need more energy for energy-intensive water treatment options, like seawater desalination, to meet their growing demand for water. This report illustrates these emerging risks and offers ideas for finding solutions at the water-energy nexus.