Besides the trees growing, so too do women and men as champions of gender equality in the Amazon
We are in the Andean Amazon (Peru, Ecuador and Colombia,) working in the framework of the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA) funded by USAID. This initiative is implementing a visionary process – supporting almost a full year of capacity building on gender in 31 institutions that are implementing the ICAA.
A select group of men and women are designing strategies to ensure that their work is more inclusive. These include gender indicators in the context of adaptation, community mediators, development of gender-responsive regional climate change strategies, instruments to mainstream gender in the management of protected areas, development of gender policies at the level of environmental institutions, among others.
At the end of this year, the Andean region will have a group of people who will ensure that “besides the trees growing, women and men will grow, as well, in the Amazon.” An amazing experience, and we’ll tell you more of our stories on this path throughout the year.