Gender Policy

The Consortium policy on gender is available here English, Spanish and French.

The ICCA Consortium has been working on its policy on gender since 2017. The policy was finally approved during the 2018 General Assembly.

The modalities of the acceptation of the policy and discussions around it, which took place during the General Assembly, can be found in the General Assembly Minutes, pages 26 to 30.

A Consortium Committee on gender exists at the moment, chaired by the Council Member With Special Responsibilities On ICCAs and Gender Issues.

The Committee gathers gender-related information on ICCA issues with the aim of sharing them and learning from them towards positive action. The Committee is active on the negotiations of the Convention on Biological Diversity on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. It also acts as promoter and guardian of the gender equality and gender security within the Consortium Organization as such and in its programme. Any Member and Honorary member is welcome to join the Committee.

Below are some gender equality stories gathered from the Members of the Consortium:

2020: Super Year for Women in Biodiversity?

“It is time to go beyond a focus on women’s vulnerabilities to the recognition of women as agents of change and active participants in caring for the environment, restoring and recovering biodiversity, and healing our relationship with nature.” On Earth Day, our Honorary member Cristina Eghenter offers her reflections on women in conservation.  Read more ▸

Eight Shells

The voices of the women of the sea from communities of Barbados, St Kitts, Grenada, Belize and Costa Rica were heard loud and clear at a learning exchange aimed at strengthening the capacities of fisherwomen in the backdrop of the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines. Read more ▸

Fisherwomen learning exchange gathering in Costa Rica

Women play a crucial role in small scale fishing in oceans, rivers and mangroves. In November 2017, fisherwomen from different parts of Costa Rica shared their knowledge and experiences of good practices in sustainable fishing and on related subjects such as land tenure, climate change, invasive species, culture, decent work and health, among others.  Read more ▸