IIED webinar: Gender and biodiversity conservation – progress and future directions

News, 25 October 2018
Join our webinar on 13 November 2018 to discuss promoting gender in the context of conservation policy and practice.

Putul Rani and her family are members of a hilsa fish conservation group in Bangladesh that aims to help protect fish stocks (Photo: WorldFish, Creative Commons via Flickr)

Gender equality is fundamental to achieving IIED's mission. But it is not just a prerequisite to the issues we work on, it is also essential to our ways of working. By definition that must include a strong – and in places transformative – approach to gender, one that critically examines gender roles, relations and dynamics, and transforms the underlying social structures, policies and norms that perpetuate inequalities and imbalances between and among women and men. 

This webinar, part of the work of IIED's internal Gender Equality Champions Network, will discuss historical trends and future possibilities for promoting gender equality/equity in biodiversity conservation. 

We'll hear from speakers from policy, NGO and research perspectives who will address four questions looking back over the last 15 years:

  • To what extent has there been progress towards gender equality/equity in conservation (rhetoric and genuine change)? 
  • What has brought this about/constrained progress?
  • What difference is this making in terms of social and conservation outcomes?
  • Where are we going from here?  

Event details:
Title: Gender and biodiversity conservation – progress and future directions
Date: 13 November 2018
Time: 2-3:30pm GMT
Designed for: Anyone interested in gender in the context of conservation policy and practice at any level, from local to global
Where: From your desk or portable internet device. Webinars are online workshops that people can attend via the internet
To join the webinar: Register via the Eventbrite booking platform

The webinar will use Adobe Connect. For those who have not attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, please test your connection once you have registered. A quick start guide for desktop or mobile access (PDF) is also available.

Outline programme:

  • Introductions
  • Policy perspective: Andrea Quesada, consultant, and formerly Women’s Environment and Development Organisation 
  • Conservation NGO perspective: Helen Anthem, Fauna and Flora International, and formerly CAFOD
  • Action research perspective: Phil Franks, IIED, and formerly CARE
  • Question-and-answer session with participants
  • Discussion, review and closing remarks


Anne Schulthess (anne.schulthess@iied.org), marketing manager, Communications Group

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