Gender equality is critical to achieving sustainable development. For any development effort to be sustainable and effective, it must consider the needs of all people, including those who don’t typically have a voice in decision-making.
With that in mind, IISD actively works with governments and other actors to ensure consideration of gender issues in sustainable development policies and investments.
We focus on:
- Addressing gender differences in development needs, opportunities and capacities
- Promoting gender-balanced participation and influence in sustainable development decision-making processes
- Facilitating equitable access to, and control over, resources
- Tracking gender impacts of sustainable development policies and actions
Scroll down for examples or view our FAQ outlining what IISD does to advance gender equality.
Why Gender Matters in Climate Change Adaptation
Effective climate change adaptation recognizes that women, men and children experience impacts differently depending on where they live, how they sustain their livelihoods, and the roles they play in their families and communities.Read More
Conducting Gender Analysis to Inform National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Reflections from six African countries
This briefing note describes the rationale and approach that we have taken in supporting NAP-focused gender analyses in six African countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea-Conakry, Madagascar and Togo).Read More
How Can Sustainability Standards Contribute to Empowering Women’s Food Security?
Food security is an intersectional issue and development organizations can use voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) to contribute to empowering women’s food security in agriculture.Read More
Leveraging Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Agriculture: A Guide for Development Organizations Based on the Sustainable Development Goals
Our report, available in English and French, explains how voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) can be used as a tool to meet the SDGs and targets related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in agriculture.Read More
Women Could Gain Far More With Better Targeting of Government Energy Subsidies, New Research Finds
Millions of dollars worth of fossil fuel subsidies could be better targeted by governments to benefit poor women.Read More
The Farmer and Her Husband: Legal innovations for women in contract farming
Read our policy brief to learn how contracts, if designed with women’s interests in mind, can help foster more balanced relationships between farmers and buyers, as well as female farmers and their husbands.Read More
Why Public Policy Matters When It Comes to Gender Equality for Sustainable Development
Cold statistics on gender equality in government reveal only part of the story; the cultures and processes behind the stats can teach us much more about where we are headed.Read More
How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security
We are proud to announce the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) recently confirmed IISD as an associate member.Read More
How ECOWAS Parliamentarians Are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture
How the ECOWAS Parliamentary Network fosters food security, women’s empowerment and investment in agriculture.Read More
Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Kenya
This report explores existing institutional linkages between gender, water and climate change in Kenya.Read More