Access to a healthy environment is intimately connected to people's ability to lead healthy lives and a core component of people's right to reproductive justice. Around the world, women are engaged in managing and conserving their environment in a number of ways are differently and often disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. However policies and funding for dealing with these threats continue to exclude women’s and other marginalized groups voices as well as fail to acknowledge their important contribution to potential solutions.
At the same time, a growing body of evidence shows that increasing gender equality in all levels of climate and environmental change, from top-level policy to grassroots organizational leadership, has positive and sustainable outcomes for the climate and environment. In order for communities to thrive, women and other marginalized genders need to have equal access to natural resources as well as access to the knowledge, skills, and resources to make informed and educated decisions about them. At Yarrow, we also believe that more space urgently needs to be made to recognize the unique skills and knowledge that women and other marginalized groups bring to the table.
Yarrow Global Consulting works together with communities, companies, and governments to develop local solutions to environmental change and natural resource management with a core gender focus, and find solutions that help create healthy communities and healthy environments.