The EFC’s Gender Equality and European Environmental Funders’ Group thematic networks are organising a joint meeting in Brussels where foundation representatives from across Europe will dive deeper into working at the intersection of environmental and gender issues. Men and women occupy different gender roles in society, with different challenges, expectations, barriers and opportunities and it is important to consider this in order to effectively address different problems. But what does that mean for the environment?
Socially defined gender roles often position women and girls as stewards of the physical, economic, and cultural well-being of their communities. This dynamic places the responsibility for natural resource management and use squarely on women and girls. Despite this, less than one percent of international philanthropy goes to women’s environmental initiatives. The impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are not gender neutral. Our funding of their solutions cannot be either.
The meeting will seek to provide:
- a shared understanding of the background and rationale for the meeting so that all are starting from a common point of reference.
- a greater awareness of what a gender lens is.
- a greater awareness of why using a gender lens is important for environmental funders.
- a greater awareness of what the funding landscape currently looks like for gender and the environment and the potential for the future.
- a list of immediate next steps e.g. product of lessons learned Agenda for the meeting
The Gender Equality and European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG) joint meeting is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to enhancing collaboration and connecting its members. For more information on the EFC’s seven key priorities, please download the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022.