Open Online Course on Gender and Environment

Open Online Course on Gender and Environment


Gender equality is a basic human rights and development issue as underlined in a number of international and regional human rights instruments. The course will help you better understand the global international frameworks related to gender and environment, including the link between gender, biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, and chemicals and waste.

What will you learn?

  • What are the links between gender equality and environmental sustainability?
  • Which global environmental frameworks include gender?
  • How can gender-responsive policies and projects support environmental outcomes?
  • Discover what you can do to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, international waters, chemicals and waste.

There are 6 modules in the course, including Introduction, Climate Change, International Waters, Biodiversity, Land Degradation. And those who work on chemicals and waste issues might be interested in module 6 which is focused on the link between gender, chemicals and waste.

If you have not decided which module to chose, think about the link between the impact of chemical pollution on the health of women because of their different susceptibility and likelihood of exposure to various toxic substances at work and at home. Women cannot be empowered if they are being poisoned by toxic substances and if their children are born pre-polluted. Gender equality cannot be achieved if exposures to hazardous chemicals leave women suffering from cancer, chronic illnesses, infertility, and damage to their nervous systems. Further, women’s health is critical to reducing child disability and mortality and improving maternal health. 

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Written by Olga Speranskaya