Women focus 2013

Forging ahead to a fairer world

This month we are turning the spotlight on some of the inspirational women who are working in conservation and sustainable development. Some are hands-on practitioners while others are dedicating their efforts to promoting the importance of gender equality in environmental policy making.

Women have a profound knowledge of their environment: worldwide millions of women have traditional responsibilities as food growers, water and fuel gatherers, and care-givers. This means they depend on natural resources in their daily lives and are more likely to be affected by environmental hardships. For these reasons and more, making sure that women have a greater say in decisions is critical to the success of environmental policy and programmes from the community level right up to the highest levels of international law.



    Tamar Pataridze

    Promoting Georgia's knowledge on a global stage

    Tamar Pataridze’s main aspiration in conservation is to look for the best ways for people to coexist with the natural environment. She is driven by a desire to find practical solutions to environmental challenges and is an inspirational leader in the field, helping to raise the profile of women’s contribution to conservation. …  

    11 Sep 2013 | Article

    The sad part about Tanya's work is that sometimes her team has to deal with retaliatory killings of snow leopards. In this case they convinced the farmer not to sell the skin and parts and hand them over to the authorities. The team is now also working with him and his neighbours to better protect their livestock.

    Calling for wild cat conservation from the roof of the world

    Working in what is dubbed the ‘roof of the world,’ Tanya Rosen is a passionate voice for the conservation of wild cats — snow leopards in particular. …  

    11 Sep 2013 | Article

    Lorena Aguilar, IUCN Global Senior Adviser on Gender.

    Getting serious about women’s role in tackling climate change

    A water taxi network operated by women on the Nile that reduces emissions and provides fast, reliable public transport in gridlocked Cairo; a recycling project that empowers women as green entrepreneurs in Kathmandu; women on the coast of Liberia who help collect meteorological data to act as an early-warning system for storms, and poetry singers in temples in Jordan and Nepal who communicate climate change messages. These are just some of the examples of how women are addressing climate change and adapting to its impacts. …  

    11 Sep 2013 | Article

    On-site with Newmont metallurgical engineers at the Ahafo Gold mine in Ghana

    Unlikely alliances – pioneering collaboration between the private sector and conservation

    A true visionary, Lori Anna Conzo aims to build a new model that promotes biodiversity conservation alongside economic development. …  

    11 Sep 2013 | Article

    Juliane Zeidler, IUCN CEC Chair

    Driving change

    Juliane Zeidler’s hectic working life is fuelled by the positive impact a healthy environment can have on people. …  

    11 Sep 2013 | Article

    Women in developing countries play a key role in helping communities adapt to the impacts of climate change, yet their voice is hardly heard in discussions on climate change.

    IUCN review of gender considerations in Climate Investment Funds

    The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) are a unique set of financing instruments that support developing countries in achieving ‘climate-smart’ development. Through two distinct funds implemented by the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) the CIF support developing countries’ efforts to mitigate and manage the challenges of climate change. …  

    11 Sep 2013 | Article