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Think equal, build smart and innovate for change: Mainstreaming gender into ABS

Think equal, build smart and innovate for change: Mainstreaming gender into ABS

8 Mar 2019

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Women play a key role in biodiversity conservation and managing genetic resources, yet their role as users, custodians and managers of biodiversity and natural resources is often overlooked and not immediately apparent, limiting their access to credit, land, investment, decision-making processes and preventing them from accessing the benefits derived from the use of biological and genetic resources and their associated traditional knowledge.

The International Women’s Day is a time to call for change and also an opportunity to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

This year’s theme, think equal, build smart, innovate for change, couldn’t be a better fit to showcase how the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS can transform the roles women play along ABS-compliant value chains.

In this regard, we are happy to launch the MIND Your Step! Gender Toolkit in our upcoming Webinar on March 13th, 2019. This toolkit was developed by the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project and is intended to guide development professionals working on genetic resources in their efforts to mainstream gender considerations into ABS compliant value chains and ensure that men, women, youth and elderly equally benefit from various ABS interventions.

Gender-smart and ABS-compliant value chains place a specific focus on women’s involvement in value-chains as a key point of intervention for the transformation of power relations and gender roles. Addressing the drivers of gender inequalities in ABS schemes promotes the transformation of social structures that inhibit women from having a fair and equitable share of the benefits.

For more information about the MIND Your Step! Gender Toolkit and to register in our Webinar on Mainstreaming Gender into ABS: think equal, build smart and innovate for change click here.

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