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Women Are In Our Shared Future

Biodiversity Day Live Interviews
22 May 2022

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About the event

On 22 May 2022, Women4Biodiversity will be holding live interviews (20-30 minutes) from select Parties supporting Target 22. One interview will be with Costa Rica, who proposed Target 22, and the other will be from a Party in Africa, particularly Cote d’Ivoire.

The interview will be held in Zoom and will be live-streamed on Women4Biodiversity’s Facebook page.

Interviewees and Dates

Rationale

The theme for the upcoming International Day of Biodiversity this May 22 is “Building a shared future for all life.” To build a truly shared future for all life, women, as those disproportionately affected by biodiversity loss and at the same time holding key roles in their families and communities in managing natural resources from biodiversity, should be part of the equation.

Making the post-2020 global biodiversity framework truly gender-responsive would help ensure that women would indeed be part of the shared future we are building. The framework is the 30-year blueprint for humanity to live in harmony with nature, and acknowledging women’s unique roles in sustainable use of natural resources and involving them in biodiversity planning and policy will help realize this vision.

The whole framework, including the monitoring framework and the financial mechanism and resource mobilization, should be gender-responsive. A stand-alone target on gender equality would help anchor the rights-based approach in all biodiversity-related planning, policies and implementation, at all levels as envisioned – a framework for all. Target 22 will “ensure women and girls’ equitable access and benefits from conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as their informed and effective participation at all levels of policy and decision making related to biodiversity.”

The target, which was proposed by Costa Rica, has gained support from other members of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC), as well as from Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, and Tanzania during the UN Biodiversity meetings in Geneva and allies from other groups and organizations.

This Biodiversity Day Live Interviews will continue the momentum from the “Adopt Target 22 this 2022” in-person action participated in and supported by Parties and the side event “Targeting Gender: Best Practices and Ways Forward” and related side events during the UN Biodiversity meetings in Geneva last March, as well as the complementary series of Target 22 videos from ally organizations as part of Women4Biodiversity’s #GenderIsABiodiversityIssue campaign.

It is a happy coincidence that Target 22 and May 22 (Biodiversity Day) have the same digits, making the campaign for Target 22 even more appropriate on this day and the year 2022. We must ensure that CBD COP 15 this year includes actions for a full realization of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Let’s adopt Target 22 this 2022 and make sure #WomenAreinOurSharedFuture!

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