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Gender & Environment

Geneva is a global hub for environmental governance. Almost 100 programmes, office or organizations work in this region to protect the environment, including hundreds of women.

GVAWomen4envt 2016

As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations was launched in February 2016 for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. The committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements. The exhibition was launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. #GVAWomen4envt

The 20 selected women in 2016:

Ann-Kathrin ZOTZ (ITC), Berta PESTI (UNDP), Cristina BUETI (ITU), Dina IONESCO (IMO), Elena MANAENKOVA (WMO), Emily BRADLEY (UNITAR), Fiona MARSHALL (UNEEC / Aarhus Convention), Isabella MARRAS (PNUE/SUN), Isabelle BOUTILLON (WIPO), Laurence BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES (University of Geneva), Lisa MAZZONE (Member of Swiss Parlement), Maria MENDILUCE (WBCSD), Maria NEIRA (WHO), Monika LINN (UNEEC), Nathalie BERNASCONI-O. (IISD), Nawal AÏT-HOCINE (Transparence SA), Sarah PRICE (PEFC Int.), Sheila LOGAN (UNPE/Chemicals & Waste Branch), Silja HALLE (UNPE/Post-Conflict & Disasters Management Branch), Susan BROWN (WWF).

GENder4Envt 2017

The 2017 theme for International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, focuses on "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030". On this particular day, UN Women and the UN family call upon all actors to Step It Up for Gender Equality towards a Planet 50-50 by 2030. As part of the International Women's Day, a call for nominations was launched in February 2017 to recognize Geneva-based individuals' commitment and contribution to the advancement and support of gender equality and women's empowerment in the field of environment. An exhibition celebrating their achievements was launched on 8 March 2017, at the International Environment House.

The 18 selected laureates in 2017:

Barbara RYAN (Group On Earth Observation Secretariat) Barbara RUIS (UN Environment), Elena DUMITRU (Permanent Mission of Romania) Elena VILLALOBOS PRATS (World Health Organization) Fatoumata KEITA-OUANE (Independent Expert) Gill CASSAR (World Economic Forum) Hélène GANDOIS (CITES) Inger ANDERSEN (IUCN) Juliane DREWS (UNAIDS) Julie DEKENS (IISD) Kerstin STENDAHL (IPCC) Liliana ANDONOVA (Graduate Institute) Malcolm JOHNSON (ITU) Marisol ESTRELLA (UN Environment) Matthias KERN (BRS Conventions) Pamela HAMAMOTO (United States of America) Tatiana FEDOTOVA (WBCSD) Vera WEICK (UN Environment)