Mind your step! A gender tool for ABS Value Chains
The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits derived from their utilization (ABS) developed the Mind Your Step! ABS Gender Tookit, a tool to support ABS country teams in their efforts to mainstreaming gender considerations into their interventions. The gender tool was designed with the idea of prototyping a user-friendly, low-cost and rapidly actionable analytical framework to understand the underlying gender dynamics within a given context applicable to genetic resources management and associated traditional knowledge and identify entry points to design gender smart and ABS value chains. While the tool in itself is not a substitute to a fully fleshed gender analysis, it provides an immediate answer and a complementary shortcut for ABS professionals to get gender issues right in Access and Benefit Sharing under the Nagoya Protocol. Also, the tool can be further adapted to answer the needs of other sector specific interventions in the fields of biodiversity and natural resources management and beyond. Download the Mind your step! A gender tool for ABS Value Chains publication here.