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The concept of the green economy centres on integrating key aspects of economic performance – such as poverty reduction, job creation and social inclusion – with those of environmental performance. As such it inherently places a significant emphasis on gender, with women constituting approximately 70 per cent of the 1.3 billion people living on less than US$1 a day and hence the majority of those populations adversely affected by climate change and environmental degradation. Because women tend to be more dependent on common property resources (i.e. water, food or wood) and more vulnerable to the impacts of natural resource degradation than men, environmental protection and green policies can help improve gender equality, with many economic and social co-benefits.

Several studies, including the UN Women’s The Global Economic Crisis and Gender Equality (2014), indicate that improving gender equality and women’s participation leads to economic growth. It can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for future generations, and increase the quality of societal policies and institutions, including more-representative decision making.

Relevance to the SDGs

Sustainable and inclusive societies allow for economic prosperity and equal access to opportunities for all. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 aims to redress the disproportionate impact on women and girls of economic, social and environmental shocks and views women as central actors, recognising that their knowledge, agency and collective action can improve resource productivity and encourage the sustainable use of natural resources.

Explore green growth resources related to SDG 5:

SDG 5.1
    Gender equality    
   SDG 5.5
  Women leadership  

Insights

CDKN attended the Global Green Growth Week, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, 5-9 September. This is the second of two blogs reporting from the event, by Ari Huhtala, CDKN’s Deputy CEO for Policy and Programmes, and Mairi Dupar, Global Public Affairs Coordinator.
New research conducted by Practical Action Consulting in India, Kenya and Peru explores the benefits and challenges of pursuing climate compatible development from a gender perspective.
The green economy can be an opportunity for women to gain their rightful place in the workforce. On Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day, ILO News talks with Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Policy specialist on Green Jobs at the ILO, to get first-hand information on innovative policies to enhance environmental sustainability and create decent employment opportunities.