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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.

  • Report
    Leveraging Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Agriculture: A Guide for Development Organizations Based on the Sustainable Development Goals

    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.

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  • Blog
    Women Could Gain Far More With Better Targeting of Government Energy Subsidies, New Research Finds

    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.

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  • Policy Brief
    The Farmer and Her Husband: Legal innovations for women in contract farming

    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.

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  • Blog
    Why Public Policy Matters When It Comes to Gender Equality for Sustainable Development

    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. 

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  • Blog
    How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security

    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.

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  • Blog
    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians Are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How ECOWAS Parliamentarians Are Advancing Gender Equality in Agriculture

    How the ECOWAS Parliamentary Network fosters food security, women’s empowerment and investment in agriculture.

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  • Report
    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Kenya

    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.

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  • Report
    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Uganda

    Adaptive and Inclusive Watershed Management: Assessing policy and institutional support in Uganda

    This report looks at how Uganda’s various institutions and policies incorporate climate change and gender considerations into planning, budgeting and monitoring in the water sector. 

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  • Commentary
    Gender-Responsive Climate Action

    Gender-Responsive Climate Action

    What does gender-responsive climate action look like? Expert commentary on achieving gender-responsive climate action through women’s empowerment, inclusive policy-making and other innovative practices.

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  • Report
    Towards Gender-Responsive NAP Processes: Progress and Recommendations for the Way Forward

    Towards Gender-Responsive NAP Processes: Progress and Recommendations for the Way Forward

    This report presents an analysis of progress on integrating gender responsive considerations in NAP processes. While there is no single approach to gender inequality and the linkages to climate change adaptation planning, implementation and M&E, countries often face similar challenges.

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