Gender Equality and the Environment: A Guide to UNEP’s work
Environmental changes affect us all. However, these changes affect the lives of men and women in different ways due to existing gender dynamics and inequalities. In addition to gender, adverse impacts can also be compounded by factors such as age, geographical location, socio-economic conditions and other vulnerabilities. Varying roles and status within society can affect the coping strategies and choices women and men have available to them in becoming agents of change in sustainable development. UN Environment is committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the area of sustainable development. It is only through the full and meaningful participation of both women and men that the pressing environmental issues of our time be confronted.