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Side Event at 12th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intersessional WG on Article 8(j): Gender Implications of Benefit-Sharing in the Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

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A panel discussion on the rapidly evolving landscape of genetic resource use, the intersection of gender dynamics and benefit-sharing mechanisms. It will also discuss the gender implications of benefit-sharing in digital sequence information (DSI) to ensure that women and girls, particularly those from Indigenous Peoples and local communities are not left behind in the pursuit of biodiversity conservation.

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Thursday, 16 November 2023

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


Salle 3 – Asia and the Pacific, 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,

  • Lim Li Ching, Third World Network
  • Cicilia Githaiga, Lawyer of the High Court of Kenya
  • Yesenia Hernandez, Rueda de Medicina AC
  • TBC, Natural Justice


  • To ensure that women have equal opportunities to access and contribute to DSI activities.
  • To discuss the potential barriers and opportunities for women from Indigenous peoples and local communities to benefit from DSI.
  • To discuss the strategies and best practices that can be adopted to promote women’s leadership and participation in DSI research and utilisation.
  • To discuss how benefit-sharing mechanisms from DSI activities contribute to women’s empowerment and support gender equality in biodiversity conservation efforts.

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