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Side Event at 12th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intersessional WG on Article 8(j): Breaking barriers, saving biodiversity — Women environmental human rights defenders

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Side Event ID: 5285


A panel discussion on the critical role of women environmental human rights defenders, especially those from Indigenous peoples and local communities, in protecting biodiversity and the environment. It aims to highlight the vital contributions of these defenders to explore concrete actions and strategies for their protection and discuss policy recommendations for their recognition and empowerment in the context of the evolving Article 8(j) work programme.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2023

13.15 hours local time. Please convert your time and date here


Salle 3 – Asia and the Pacific – Level 1, International Conference Centre Geneva / Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland


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The roundtable welcomes the active participation of a diverse audience, including rights-holders, experts, policy-makers, practitioners and advocates interested in the intersection of gender justice and biodiversity conservation.

The panel will include,

  • Ruth Spencer, Marine Ecosystems Protected Area (MEPA) Trust
  • June Rubis, Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA) Consortium
  • Mayte Gonzalez, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Human Rights Council (HRC)
  • TBC – International Land Coalition


  • To highlight the central role of women environmental human rights defenders, especially those from Indigenous peoples and local communities, in biodiversity conservation.
  • To explore concrete actions, best practices and mechanisms for the protection and recognition of women environmental human rights defenders, with a particular focus on those facing gender-based discrimination and violence.
  • To discuss and formulate policy recommendations and strategies that can integrate the New Programme of Work of the Article 8j Working Group and the CBD Gender Action Plan to strengthen the protection and empowerment of women environmental human rights defenders.

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