Gender and environment statistics: Unlocking information for action and measuring the SDGs

Authored by: Jillian Campbell, Cate Owren, and Molly Gilligan

Categories: Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: Climate and Environment
Year: 2019
Citation: Campbell, Jillian, et al. “Gender and Environment Statistics: Unlocking Information for Action and Measuring the SDGs.” United Nations Environment Programme and International Union for Conservation of Nature, March 2019.

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Executive Summary

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are globally recognised priorities, matters of fundamental human rights, and prerequisites for sustainable development. Understanding the gender environment nexus is not only key to understanding social and environmental inequities and barriers to sustainable development, but to unlocking options for transformative action, as well. Data gaps at this nexus, however, are persistent. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UN Environment are collaborating to develop an enhanced understanding of and enabling environment for gender-environment statistics, particularly to identify specific indicators that can gather necessary information and strategies for national action as stakeholders work toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To meet this objective, this report first considers the current landscape of data at the gender-environment nexus. This report then outlines the key issues and associated indicators used for tracking and analysing those issues, organized around four priority areas:

A. Right to land, natural resources and biodiversity;

B. Access to food, energy, water and sanitation;

C. Climate change, sustainable production and consumption, and health and well-being;

D. Women in environmental decision making at all levels.