CEP and Heinrich Boell are working to elevate women in discussions of sustainable development. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)
Leading development institutions have compiled research, documents, and factsheets to provide information on women’s issues for Rio+20. These publications make a clear link between sustainability and women’s empowerment, health, and wellbeing.
New women and development fact sheet released in time for Rio+20
CEP is a leading non-profit research, policy, and advocacy organization that addresses key issues related to human population and the natural environment. CEP recently released a new fact sheet in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20. Women’s Empowerment & Family Planning: Key to Global Development outlines how empowering women – through improved access to education, reproductive health services, economic opportunities, and environmental decision-making – is a cost-effective and worthwhile investment in sustainable development.
The fact sheet discusses how human well-being and environmental protection are improved if greater investments are made in women, since they are the main caretakers of their families and the environment. It also highlights the necessity of family planning as a tool for women’s empowerment, stating that “the ability to choose whether and when to have a child is a fundamental human right.” The Center bridges the relationship between family planning and the environment by noting how decreased population growth can mitigate pressing environmental issues such as water scarcity and climate change.
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Heinrich Boell Foundation
Publishes gender and development articles
The Heinrich Boell Foundation has recently published a series of 11 short articles about gender equality and sustainable development to encourage greater discussion of these converging areas at Rio+20. The articles are authored by partner organizations and the Foundation’s own members and highlight the intersection of women’s rights with topics such as the green economy, land rights, agriculture, water access, climate change, reproductive health, and sustainable development. They serve as part of a larger dialogue on making sustainable development initiatives more gender-inclusive.
Headquartered in Berlin with an office in Washington, DC, the Heinrich Boell Foundation is a nonprofit organization that holds events and publishes articles and reports on issues of ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, and self-determination and justice, with a particular emphasis on gender. The organization has over 200 partners in more than 60 countries.