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Why Gender Justice Matters for Sustainable Development – Arreguin

The Coordinator, Convention on Biological Diversity Women’s Caucus Amelia Arreguin has reiterated the need for gender justice to achieve sustainable development.

Speaking ahead of the Women and Gender Caucus at the GEF Assembly, a coalition of diverse women’s networks, organizations, and gender equality allies preparing to gather during the Global Environment Facility’s Seventh Assembly in Vancouver, she said women and girls are bearing a disproportionate burden in this time of environmental strain.

According to her, “Fires, storms, floods, and droughts have direct impacts on those tasked with collecting water, securing food, and caring for families.

“At the same time, women’s voices are often sidelined or missing altogether in decision-making about the environment and how to care for it.

“We know that environmental challenges have significant impacts on the lives and well-being of women and girls and that ensuring better gender representation and gender equality is fundamental to the achievement of environmental and conservation goals,” she said.

Arreguin, noted that Prioritizing gender justice is essential to ensuring that diverse perspectives and experiences are incorporated into key decision-making and operational processes.

“What does gender justice involve? It is a commitment to address the gendered impacts of environmental degradation and support equitable resource management and economic empowerment for women, for the benefit of whole communities.

“This approach also fosters social innovation and collaborative learning, measures that can lead to more effective and sustainable solutions. Ultimately, integrating gender equity into environmental initiatives creates results that benefit both people and the planet, contributing to a more just and sustainable world overall,” she said.

The Women and Gender Caucus at the GEF Assembly include women from all regions of the world, from a wide variety of groups and organizations, working to ensure that a human rights-based approach is at the heart of discussions and decisions about the global environment.

Gender justice is not only a matter of morality, it is a catalyst for effective and sustainable development. By prioritizing women’s rights as human rights, we can work together, as stewards of this planet, to lead the way to a more sustainable, just, and equitable world.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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