Fishing, Bangladesh

Gender and Environment

Evidence from feminist research and gender studies suggests that gender plays a significant role in relation to environmental issues. This is exemplified by unequal access to economic resources and political decision-making, as well as by the outcomes of gender-based divisions of labour. It can be generally assumed that nearly all environmental problems have strong gender relevance, whether in terms of their root causes, the impact on individuals concerning adverse consequences, or in the context of devising solutions. An analysis of gender relations and other forms of social inequality such as age, income or cultural background facilitates a more nuanced delineation of the problem. Moreover, it also facilitates the creation of action strategies tailored to diverse target groups, thereby enhancing effectiveness.