Da Nang (Vietnam), June 25: Do you want to find out why promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment can help deliver better environmental outcomes? If so, here is the first of its kind online course available for you across 125 countries. The Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) on Monday jointly launched the first open online course on gender and environment at the sixth GEF Assembly taking place this Vietnamese city. The course is the result of an initiative led by the GEF and SGP, in collaboration with the GEF Gender Partnership and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the GEF said in a statement.
The course will help one better understand the linkages between gender and the environment. It will provide one with the knowledge and tools to mainstream gender, and to be an effective change-maker for sustainable development. It will also provide facts and figures, and a better understanding of the global international frameworks related to gender and environment. It is a “one-stop-shop” for information and illustrations on gender dimensions linked to biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste.
This course will not only help raise awareness and build capacity to implement GEF’s new policy on gender equality but also help catalyze actions that have the potential to materialize greater environmental impact through gender-responsive approaches and result, Clottes said. By providing examples and data, the e-course demonstrates the linkages between gender equality and environmental sustainability, and shows how gender-responsive policies and projects support environmental outcomes. (IANS)