Our globe counts on each of us to sustainably manage nature—and in every part of the world, women and girls play key roles in nature conservation and climate change action. They are users, managers, and stewards of the land and its resources, leaders raising their voices for the protection and defense of nature, and environmental specialists addressing the most pressing and concurrent crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and degradation. Yet, far too often, gender-based violence is used to reinforce who can engage, who can benefit—and who cannot—when it comes to the control, management and use of natural resources.
Rising to the challenge
The Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Environments (RISE) grants challenge is a groundbreaking mechanism to address gender-based violence in environmental programming and climate-vulnerable contexts. Hosted by the International Union for the Conversation of Nature (IUCN), the RISE grants challenge represents a commitment made to UN Women’s Generation Equality initiative through the Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice. The first of its kind, the challenge invests in and supports partnerships between environmental organizations, community-based organizations and leaders, and organizations with experience addressing gender-based violence. Together, partners address the ways in which gender-based violence affects the uses of, benefits derived from, and decision-making power and influence over natural resources. Through a peer-learning community, RISE builds capacities, cross-sector cooperation, and learnings on promising strategies to contribute to global learning and advocacy.
Learn more about the winning organizations and the crucial work they're doing by visiting this link https://www.unwomen.org/en/news-stories/feature-story/2023/04/overcoming-gender-based-violence-as-a-barrier-to-human-rights-and-environmental-sustainability