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Dialogue #2: Gender Based Violence & Environmental Linkages (25 November, 2020)

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Webinar Series : Roadmap for a gender-responsive Post2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Dialogue #2: Gender Based Violence and Environmental Linkages

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Time: 8PM Bangkok/ 7AM Mexico


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While linkages between GBV and environmental issues are complex and multi-layered, these threats to human rights and healthy ecosystems are not insurmountable.The IUCN report on Gender-Based Violence and the environment linkages touches upon these topics and recognizes the importance of preventing gender-based violence as well as promoting gender equality to create sustainable environments, assure human rights to conservation and sustainable development. 

During the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which is scheduled to take place in May 2021, will adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF) as a stepping stone towards the 2050 Vision of “”Living in harmony with nature”. This dialogue hopes to explore further these linkages and identify some clear actions and elements to be taken into consideration into the monitoring framework of the GBF to ensure that no women and no girls are left behind.

The webinar is being hosted on November 25, as it is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and a reminder for all of us that more needs to be done to address violence against women in all its forms which is an obstacle in achieving equality, development, peace as well as fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights.


Cate Owren
Senior Gender Programme Manager, Global Programme on Governance and Rights, IUCN

Cate Owren is Senior Gender Programme Manager with IUCN’s Global Programme on Governance and Rights. Cate guides and oversees the project portfolio of IUCN’s gender team, which includes a wide range of collaborations across the Union with varied offices and programmes of the Secretariat, government and non-governmental members, commissions and other partners. The gender team provides technical support to policy and programming processes; develops capacities of hundreds of women and men each year in relation to priority IUCN issues; fills knowledge gaps through research, tailored tools and methodologies to support gender-responsive environmental action; and supports gender mainstreaming for a stronger and more effective Union. Among her primary responsibilities is managing a 10-year partnership with USAID called AGENT – Advancing Gender in the Environment, which includes the Gender-based Violence and Environment (GBV-ENV) Linkages Resource Center and other key initiatives. 

Cate came to IUCN more than 7 years ago after serving as the Executive Director of the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), a women’s global advocacy organization based in New York.   

Laura Cooper Hall 
Gender Programme Officer 
Global Programme on Governance and Rights, IUCN

Laura Cooper Hall is a Gender Programme Officer with the Global Programme on Governance and Rights – she joined IUCN in April, 2020. Laura has a background in gender, gender based violence, gender and climate change, and reproductive health and the environment. Prior to IUCN Laura worked on the link between reproductive health and the environment as a Policy Advisor in the People, Health, Planet team at the Population Reference Bureau. She also worked at the Women’s Environment and Development Organization as a Gender and Climate Finance Research Fellow and, while completing her master’s, she worked at both YouAct and dance4life, organizations advocating for youth in sexual and reproductive health and rights policies. Prior to her master’s she worked at Population Services International in Yangon, Myanmar for two years. She holds a graduate degree from the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy and a bachelor’s in anthropology from McGill University.

IUCN Gender Webpage

Bharati Pathak
Chair of the Federation of Community Forest User Groups Nepal (FECOFUN) and focal point for FECOFUN’s Gender Policy and Advocacy Program, Nepal

Bharati Pathak is the Chair of the Federation of Community Forest User Groups Nepal (FECOFUN) in Nepal and focal point for FECOFUN’s Gender Policy and Advocacy Program. Bharati has an MA in Rural Development and a BA in Humanities. For decades, she has been working for women’s rights and community rights over natural resources and for conservation.


Vanessa Racua Troncoso
Secretary of the Board of Directors of FENAMAD (Federación Nativa del Río Madre de Dios y Afluentes), Peru

Vanessa Racua Troncoso, comes from the Ese Eja peoples’, from CN Infierno, Amazonian region of Peru. Since 2019, she has held the position of Secretary of the board of directors of FENAMAD (Federación Nativa del Río Madre de Dios y Afluentes )and is responsible for the area of ​​women, communication and health. In her capacity as leader of FENAMAD, in 2019 she chaired the Regional Council for Women of GOREMAD.


Basile van Harve, Co-Chair of Post-2020 Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG)

Opening Remarks :

Mr. Basile van Harve, Co-Chair of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), Post-2020

Opening Remarks :

6 thoughts on “Dialogue #2: Gender Based Violence & Environmental Linkages (25 November, 2020)”

    1. please try again, I also sent you an email. hope you can join.

      (using google translate for Spanish)
      Consulte el enlace en la página del evento. También les he enviado un correo electrónico con la información de registro.

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