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.
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.Read More
Enabling Voices, Demanding Rights: A guide to gender-sensitive community engagement in large-scale land-based investment in agriculture
This guide was prepared jointly by IISD and Oxfam in response to the adverse impacts that large-scale land-based investments in the agricultural sector have often had on women. It also provides suggested options that communities can use to respond to this challenge.Read More
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.Read More
Connecting the Dots: Natural resources, women and peace
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we spoke with Silja Halle of UN Environment to discuss the opportunities presented by environment and natural resources to strengthen women’s participation in peace processes.Read More
Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: An audit of data on energy subsidies, energy use and gender in Indonesia
This study provides an initial investigation into LPG subsidies and their reform and gender in Indonesia by examining the available data on household use of energy and relevant gender issues.Read More
Practice Guide to Auditing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Gender equality
This guide is the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation’s first methodology focused on SDGs and was produced in collaboration with IISD and Women Deliver, and with funding from Global Affairs Canada as part of its support of the Foundation’s International Legislative Oversight Program.Read More
A Framework for Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes
This brief discusses gender equality in the context of the formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).Read More
Strengthening the Ties Between Gender and Resilience? Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy
Canada’s new feminist international assistance policy provides a bold and exciting approach to address international development challenges in contexts where inequality and exclusion of women and girls still prevail.Read More
How Can the SDGs Contribute to Gender Equality?
How are the Sustainable Development Goals looking to ensure gender equity. This International Women's Day, Livia Bizikova takes a look.Read More
Promoting Gender Equality in Foreign Agricultural Investments: Lessons from voluntary sustainability standards
This report looks deeper into the successes and failures of existing global standards on agribusinesses in developing countries to determine how they can help improve the situation of rural women.Read More