Gender, The Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

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This publication is the first Asia-Pacific report that comprehensively maps out the intersections between gender and environment at the levels of household, work, community and policy. It examines gender concerns in the spheres of food security, agriculture, energy, water, fisheries and forestry, and identifies strategic entry points for policy interventions. Based on a grounded study of the reality in the Asia-Pacific region, this report puts together good practices and policy lessons that could be capitalized by policymakers to advance the agenda of sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.




Gender inequality is a cross-cutting issue that impacts the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Existing structural inequalities and social norms create different conditions for women and men. Juxtapose this with the fact that we live in the Anthropocene era, wherein human activities contribute towards ecological changes (Steffen, and others, 2004). Therefore, “environment” goes beyond its physical form to encompass social dynamics, such as gender-based dynamics, within which human lives are implicated. The social dynamics, on the other hand, affect how environmental resources are used, accessed and made part of human existence.


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