For the first time in history, there is a tool to monitor progress toward gender equality in the context of global environmental governance. The Environment and Gender Index (EGI) – a project of IUCN – provides the best quantitative data to date on how nations are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy and planning. The index shows that nations which take seriously their commitment to tackling women’s advancement in their environmental efforts are making huge strides beyond survival to long term well-being for all their citizens.
How does your country measure up? You can find out when the index is available to all at: www.environmentgenderindex.org. An advance look at the EGI shows that Mongolia ranks surprisingly high in the index while Democratic Republic of Congo is dead last. Comparative data across 72 developed and developing countries will help decision-makers, civil society, and others evaluate progress while identifying where the gaps line in achieving gender equality in the environmental context.
Researchers working on the index report that better, more comprehensive data is needed in order for us to fully understand gender and environment. While the EGI provides a good snapshot, organizations, governments and universities must do a better job of collecting and disseminating this data. What gets measured gets done.
When the index is launched on November 19 during the UNFCCC COP19, leaders of 72 nations will know how their efforts are measuring up. Countries that rank among the lowest will know they are falling behind in both women’s advancement and environmental efforts, increasing the vulnerability of families and communities. These countries can look to those who rank higher for strategies that will help them tackle both issues in an integrated way.
To sign up for updates and to receive a copy of the Environment and Gender Index once it is released, go to www.environmentgenderindex.org/contact or email firstname.lastname@example.org. IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.