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04/12/2013 The Environment and Gender Index (EGI)

Author: Millennia2015

Source: IUCN






The Environment and Gender Index (EGI)



Extract from the preface


As with everything in life, there is a starting point—an “Aha” moment. I am often asked where we came up with the idea of developing the Environment and Gender Index (EGI). The origins of the EGI can be traced to the incredible country of Nepal. The EGI was born in the embrace of the Himalayas, which is host to the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. Since 2010, we have been fostering groundbreaking national policy processes called Climate Change and Gender Action Plans, or ccGAPs. In February of 2012, we were developing such a GAP in Nepal.

One of the steps in developing these Action Plans is to provide the participants with an analysis of the international and national legal frameworks relevant to gender and sustainable development. For example we study the international agreements within the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), amongst others.

After the presentation of these mandates in Nepal, one of the participants posed a striking question:
“It is incredible to hear about all the mandates that, through the years, have been incorporated into these frameworks and conventions. But what has been the impact of such mandates for us, the women on the ground, for our communities? Can you tell us if there is a mechanism or a system to monitor their implementation? Does anyone follow how the countries are fulfilling these commitments?”

That was the “Aha” moment.



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