Our Aim and Vision
We are a network established to advocate for a right to a healthy environment for all. We believe that Living in Harmony with Nature needs to take into account the roles and contributions of women to achieve transformative change. This requires addressing gender equity and needs to embrace the holistic solutions and the recognition of women’s human rights to achieve it. Our work involves building synergies around the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and other international arenas to provide direction for more coherent and inclusive processes while ensuring their proper implementation.
Mrinalini is an international expert on biodiversity and gender and has worked several years in advocating for the rights of indigenous peoples’ and local communities and women and youth in various local to global dialogues. She strongly believes in the ground-level up movement and the strength of communities experiences and voices. She supports and advocates for the full, effective and meaningful participation of women and believes they are not only the key rights-holders but that they are key for a transformative and just society.
Media and Communication
Amelia has a degree in political communication, and is a specialist in gender and community development. She founded and is the director of Eco Maxei Querétaro AC. She is co-coordinator of the Mexico Chapter of the Global Network of Youth for Biodiversity (GYBN Mexico), and also coordinates the International Gender Axis of this same network (GYBN). She is also a university professor with the subjects of Research Methodology and Environmental Law.
Law and Policy (ABS)
Cicilia is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has worked with local organizations in Kenya in providing guidance on matters relating to traditional knowledge, benefit sharing, conservation and customary use. She has vast experience of matters relating to environment and environmental justice, law and regulation having worked as in-house Counsel at the National Environment Management Authority for over 8 years where she was also litigation counsel in addition to other duties. She has offered technical and legal advice on environmental matters and implementation of various MEAs at both national (Kenya) and international levels particularly under the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocols with particular emphasis on matters involving the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefits Sharing (ABS) while in her capacity as in house counsel. She was also Programme Manager traditional knowledge benefit sharing, Conservation and customary use at Natural Justice where she worked with ingenous peoples and local communities. She is currently undertaking a Master of Arts Degree in Environmental Policy.
Ana Di Pangracio
Ana Di Pangracio is a lawyer (University of Buenos Aires), specialized in Environmental Law (Argentine Catholic University). She is the Biodiversity Coordinator and Deputy Director at Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Funded in 1985, FARN is a not-for-profit, non-partisan civil society organization which mission is to promote sustainable development through policy, law, and the institutional organization of society. Ms. Di Pangracio has extensive experience in biodiversity issues, including the follow up of global negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. She is a lecturer at several Argentine universities.
Sara has an extensive experience of more than 9 years in the field of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI). She is strongly trained in the process of GESI mainstreaming and has researched on and analyzed GESI related policies and programs. She was an instrumental part of the team to research on and develop a national GESI operational framework for the International Development Partners Group (IDPG) in Nepal. Sarah has reviewed and assessed several projects and programs through the gender and inclusion lens for various organizations and institutions. She has expertise in overseeing mitigation, prevention and management of Gender Based Violence in infrastructure and civil works projects. Prior, while working with The Mountain Institute (TMI) her experience expands to designing and managing mountain livelihood and conservation programme promoting and including the voices of women, indigenous peoples’ and local communities. She is also the Vice-President of Center for Indigenous Peoples Research and Development in Nepal.
Aydah Gwaena Akao
Director of the Network of Indigenous Peoples – Solomon.