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Towards gender responsiveness; harnessing the power of inclusivity

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The year 2020 was set to be ground breaking and a sound benchmark for Gender action and equality; with increasingly eminent focus on enhancing and fostering the rights of women into global systems. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has had rather disproportionate and adverse impacts on women, fast and hard-pressing onto the existing gender inequalities.
The post-2020 Global biodiversity framework and the 2050 biodiversity plan for action. The biodiversity conservation agenda is intercepted by three main gaps; with the most significant being neglecting gender responsiveness and inclusivity, focus on highly vulnerable groups and finding good opportunities and entry points into the biodiversity conservation spaces through multi-stakeholder dialogues and consultation processes.
The agenda to streamline gender responsiveness towards biodiversity conservation by UNEP takes into account three main dimensions of work, inclusive of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. The ultimate goal of ensuring a just and equitable inclusion in biodiversity conservation efforts draws a great deal of attention and focus to enacting feasible decision and policy making spaces whereas ensuring feasibility regarding on the ground action; whilst realizing the socio-economic impact as may arise from the outcomes.
Whereas Women and girls have been identified as vulnerable, key underlying influences have been identified as the socio-economic inequalities among others imposed onto women. A systemic change would eminently aim at breaking the inequality barriers through policy and on the ground action.
Consultations and multi-stakeholder dialogues among other approaches are paramount in policy atmospheres to ensure all voices are streamlined through a joint conclusion on strategies to ensure biodiversity conservation efforts are rather more meaningful, feasible from the whole of society approach. It ensures no one is left behind.

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Joshua Apamaku Aiita

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