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Gender issues are not the same as women's issues. Understanding gender means understanding [the] 

opportunities, constraints and the impacts of change as they affect both men and women” World Bank


The need for gender equity cuts across all aspects of Sustainable Development. This paper depicts some of the on-going blocks to gender equity at global and regional levels. Touching on a vast array of issues: human rights and security; poverty; access to and management of resources; trade and finance; development; and health, it outlines some means to tackle these problems and proposes some key questions which need to be addressed by the Johannesburg Summit. A central theme to improving gender equity is the need to inspire and build a culture of partnership. Partnership not only between men and women but also between civil society and institutions, and between the local to global levels of policy making for sustainable development. 


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Briefing paper on Gender Equity and Sustainable Development - Pdf format

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Other Resources

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Regional Groups





  • ENERGIA is an international network on women and sustainable energy through information exchange, training, research, advocacy and action. http://www.energia.org/ 

  • Gender Perspectives For Earth Summit 2002 – Energy, Transport, Information for Decision Making. Report on the International Conference, Berlin, 2001. www.earthsummit2002.org/workshop

  • The Gender and Water Alliance. At the World Water Forum (The Hague, March 2000) many women’s organisations and gender experts agreed to continue working together to translate plans for gender mainstreaming in action. http://www.irc.nl/wwforum/pr_gender.html 

  • Women, Pesticides and Sustainable Agriculture Ransom, P. (2000) Women’s Environment and Development Organization http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2000/english/ch01.html

Food security


Human rights and security

International commitments   

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  • The Huairou Commission for grassroots women leaders and their organisations to participate in local, regional, and international decision-making. http://www.huairou.org 

  • Multi-Stakeholder Processes for Governance and Sustainability. Beyond Deadlock and Conflict. Hemmati, M. (with Felix Dodds, Jasmin Enayati, and Jan McHarry) 2001 [in press] .London: Earthscan  http://www.earthsummit2002.org/msp  

  • International Women’s Tribune Centre (IWTC) supports the initiatives of women in the Global South (i.e. Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia) to promote equitable and active participation of women in the development. Website: http://www.iwtc.org

Sustainable Development 

Work and Economy

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Academic Institutes and information resources



Faith Communities

International agencies

Local Authorities

  • International Council of Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI). Gender responsive Environmental Planning and Management. Interagency initiative with UNCHS/UNEP Sustainable Cities Programme http://www.iclei.org/iclei/unep.htm 


  • Aviva, An international women’s magazine, enabling women all over the world to network, and acting as a “host” site to women’s groups and services globally. http://www.aviva.org

  • IIAV, International Information Centre and Archives for the Women’s Movement. Mapping the World of Women’s Information Services, an online database of more than 325 women’s information centres and libraries that are open to the public. www.iiav.nl/eng/databases/mapping/index.html 

  • WomenAction, a global information, communication and media network on the Beijing+5 review process at www.womenaction.org

  • WFS, Women’s Feature Service, is a news-feature service that reports from 40 countries in all regions of the world. http://www.igc.org/wfs 

  • WINGS, Women’s International News Gathering Service is an independent radio production company producing and distributing news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world. http://www.wings.org 

Trade Unions

Women's groups and NGOs


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Regional groups

Asia and Pacific:

Central Africa:

Europe and North America:

  • The European Women’s Lobby the largest coordinating body of national and European non-governmental women's organisations in the European Union, with over 2,700 member associations in the 15 Member States. The EWL's goal is to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to link political decision-makers and women's organisations at EU level. http://www.womenlobby.org 

  • Witness for Peace: A politically independent, grassroots organization that works to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. http://www.witnessforpeace.org 

Latin America and the Caribbean:

 Middle East:

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This paper was funded with the kind support of 

 Heinrich Boell Foundation

Rosenthaler Str. 40/41   .   D-10178 Berlin   .  Germany

Web: http://www.worldsummit2002.org   .   Email: haas@boell.de


Last amended December 2001. 

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