When it comes to managing land and resources, women have an equal stake and can play a pivotal role. Encouraging female voices, knowledge, and participation is crucial when protecting local environments.
Think about it: 50% of people who depend on the environment are female; as are 50% of those who can help protect it. Women and girls are often left out of restoration projects, especially in places where inequality is prevalent. The IUCN is working with environmental groups in Brazil to include local women in forest restoration in hopes of empowering females and preserving environments more effectively. The goal is for this “gender plan of action” to become mainstream so that women and girls participate and partake in sustainable initiatives worldwide.
- Do women use resources differently than men in your community?
- What is the role of women in environmental protection in your community or country? If women were to take on a bigger role, what would be the effects on the environment and communities?