Main Issue

Safeguarding our environment for future generations requires a holistic, multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral approach. Women, who constitute half of the world’s population, are essential to every aspect of that approach. But too often, women’s needs, roles and capabilities are unrecognized or undervalued. What’s more, the legal, social and economic inequalities between men and women also hold back prospects for sustainable development and undermine sound environmental management. Read more+

What We Do

The GEF believes that more systematic inclusion of gender aspects in our projects could create positive synergies between improved environmental management and greater gender equality. We have made much progress in integrating gender equality issues into our projects over the past few years. But more work is needed to achieve greater coherence and results.

In 2011, the GEF adopted a policy to mainstream gender. This means all new projects must conduct a gender analysis and develop gender-responsive results-based frameworks. These are considered key first steps to ensure that women’s needs, voice and participation are addressed in project design and  implementation. This, in turn, can help ensure that women and men get more equal access to project resources, services and other benefits. Read more+


Since adoption of the gender mainstreaming policy in 2011, there has been a notable shift and significant progress in the attention paid to gender and social concerns in GEF projects. Annual monitoring reviews have highlighted good practices across focal area projects in mainstreaming gender during project development and implementation, which helps to demonstrate trends with respect to relevance and impact. They have also provided important information on the progress and remaining challenges to further strengthen mainstreaming gender in GEF projects. Read more+