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Celebrating change with positive gender and biodiversity outcomes

08 Mar 2017

Happy International Women’s Day!

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Bioversity International is launching a series of factsheets on 'Creating mutual benefits: examples of gender and biodiversity outcomes from Bioversity International’s research'.

The publication features six case studies carried out by Bioversity International with local NGOs and partners. They illustrate successful outcomes in gender and biodiversity through the use of gender-specific research methods. Some of the outcomes from these projects include greater inclusion and participation of women in research activities, increase in conservation of local biodiversity, increased food security, and greater knowledge sharing between women and men from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Following this year’s theme #BeBoldForChange, the case studies are a perfect example of how using a gender lens in research can lead to opportunities and benefits to both men and women. Women are typically involved in the management and use of biodiversity, however they are not always included in research processes. Paying attention to both gender and biodiversity can therefore benefit both with positive implications for food security. These case studies illustrate that a focus on gender and biodiversity, and efforts to actively engage women in research activities, can lead to more equitable relations, opportunities for empowerment and involvement in the control and management of agriculture and forest biodiversity products.

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