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CSW62 Side Event: Harnessing Women’s Rights to Natural Resources to Advance the Status of Rural Women, New York

Monday, February 12, 2018 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

(America/New_York)

Jeannette will be one of the panelists for the CSW62 side event organized by WWF, Conservation International, Sierra Club and IUCN on 12 March, 2:30 pm at the Armenian Convention Center in the Yerevan Hall in New York. The panelists will provide a multi-level framing of the issues around rural women’s need for and rights to natural resources such as land, water, and forest products, illuminating the need for holistic approaches to overcome the stalled progress on advancing women’s rights and status, and to capture women’s contributions to vexing environmental challenges. 

Rural women are highly dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods and the subsistence needs of their families.  Unfortunately, even when national policies afford women equal rights to resources, customary practices often prohibit women from exercising their rights.  While women’s rights are critical for their well-being and that of their families, they are also essential to achieving local and global environmental outcomes. This session will examine factors that advance gender equality through and for the benefit of environmental sustainability.

The objective of the side event is to convey the message that women’s rights to natural resources are critical to advancing nearly all other rural women-focused issues (e.g. agriculture, health, food security, household duties of fuelwood, water, cooking).

Each of the four partner organizations are working to integrate gender-responsive approaches to environmental conservation across various sectors and modes of operation.  These range from research into policies, regulations and by-laws that foster women’s rights to community initiatives that strengthen women’s engagement and spark social change on gender norms.  Partners also work on advocacy for increased political action and financial investment to advance the status of rural women.