— Gender Equality
Can water availibility enhance gender equality, The Savewaters in partnership with Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture & Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) have been conducting leadership circle forums for women leaders in Agriculture and NRM. The Initiative started by bring women leaders together at the national level where they would share the challenges they face in their day to day activities as farmers, professionals and policy/decision makers in the field.
Leaving No One Behind
Due to gender inequalities, environmental challenges have different impacts on men, women, girls and boys. As women represent two thirds of the poor in the region, their economic insecurity is part of a cycle of disadvantages, often caused by discrimination in employment and land ownership along with limited access to resources.
Gender inequality is also becoming more apparent due to rapid urbanization, the region’s high vulnerability to climate change and disasters as well as environmental challenges like pollution and ecosystem degradation.
Why Gender and Environment?
We need to understand these inequalities, different needs, vulnerabilities, roles and capacities of men and women in order to have more inclusive environmentally sustainable solutions for the people in our region
What we are doing
Savethewaters is working hard to make sure that everyone has equal opportunity when it comes to access to natural resources, healthy environment, environmental risk reduction, distribution of food and energy, participation in green economy, as well as access to capacity and technology.
Facing environmental challenges. Unequally.
- Indoor Pollution – Due to household responsibilities, women are disproportionately exposed to indoor air pollution
- Wage Gap – In Asia Pacific, women earn one-half to two-thirds of what men earn for the same work and are more often informally employed
- Lower Survival Rate – Women and children are more likely to die than men during disasters. Climate change will worsen this condition.
Climate Resilient Development – Support regional and national gender-responsive adaptation and mitigation planning, including disaster risk reduction and urban eco based adaptation planning, through inclusive consultations, planning processes and gender analysis.
Chemicals and Waste Management – Promote gender-responsive chemical and waste management planning, through social and economic impact assessments and analysis of exposure, needs and capacities of men and women
Biodiversity Conservation – Promote greater understanding and consideration of the different roles, needs and capacities of men and women in biodiversity conservation planning and inclusive integration in social and economic activities .