This report, published by the OECD, underscores the growing acknowledgment that women and girls are disproportionately affected by climate change and other environmental challenges, particularly in developing nations. Despite this recognition, there has been limited research and policy initiatives addressing the potential mutual reinforcement of gender equality and environmental objectives. Examining the interconnections and synergies between these policy agendas, this policy paper investigates the role of green policies, finance, and infrastructure in advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. The findings indicate that although there is a nascent recognition of the interlinkages shaping the gender-environment nexus, additional endeavors are essential to promote synergies between gender and environmental goals in policy formulation, sustainable finance approaches, and infrastructure planning and execution.
Dive deeper into the intricate dynamics of the gender-environment nexus with an episode of the OECD Podcast, featuring insights from Ingrid Barnsley, Deputy Director of the Environment Directorate at the OECD. In this compelling discussion, Barnsley explores the clear data indicating that environmental degradation has disparate impacts on women compared to men, shedding light on the distinct motivations driving women to take action. From the intersectionality of gender equality and climate change to the connections with air pollution, domestic violence, and the fascinating realm of green technology patents, this podcast provides a comprehensive examination of the multifaceted relationship between women and the environment.
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