CBD Women’s Caucus

The CBD Women’s Caucus is the official women’s major group under the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). We are a self-organised global platform for all women and girls to advocate for their rights in biodiversity-related decision-making processes at all levels.

What is our purpose?

We promote gender justice, and the empowerment of women and girls, in all their diversity, into the policy processes of the CBD.

What do we do?

– Community building

The CBD-WC facilitates and promotes the active participation and engagement of grassroots women and girls and their organizations, networks, and like-minded civil society stakeholders in the CBD processes into a safe and horizontal space to advance our rights into biodiversity-related policies.

– Capacity development

The CBD-WC aims to strengthen women and girls’ civil society engagement by providing platforms for information sharing, capacity development, and collaboration, enabling women and girls to effectively contribute to biodiversity-related policy discussions and negotiations at all levels.

– Knowledge production

The CBD-WC aims to contribute to filling information and knowledge gaps on the biodiversity-gender nexus by catalysing strategic collaboration among diverse actors, values and knowledge systems, to ensure reflections and solutions are intersectional, holistic, comprehensive and speak to diverse local contexts.

– Policy and advocacy

The CBD-WC aims to ensure that biodiversity policies are founded on core principles of gender equality, justice, and the realization of women and girls’ rights. It seeks to advocate for the inclusion of gender-responsive measures that address the specific needs and experiences of women and girls in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

– Awareness and outreach

The CBD-WC aims to promote information and materials to inspire gender-responsive policies, strategies, and actions that recognize the importance of women and girls’ empowerment and their meaningful participation in biodiversity-related decision-making spaces.

Join us!

Engaging with the CBD WC is your gateway to shaping the future of gender justice in biodiversity. Simply complete the membership application form!

Membership is open to all interested individuals, community based organizations (CBOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) working on a human-rights based approach to biodiversity conservation and all biodiversity-related processes, with a focus on gender justice, in particular, the rights of women and girls from all backgrounds and ages.
Membership is free of cost and ad-honorem.

For more information contact us at coordination@cbdwomenscaucus.org

How are we organised?

We are more than 500 members, including 243 organisations from 91 countries.

Our membership include individuals, community-based organisations (CBOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) working on a human-rights-based approach to biodiversity conservation and all biodiversity-related processes, with a focus on gender justice, in particular, the rights of women and girls from all backgrounds and ages.

CBD-WC Board

Ana Di Pangracio

Ana is a lawyer (University of Buenos Aires), specialized in Environmental Law. She is the Biodiversity Coordinator and Deputy Director at Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN), based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Funded in 1985, FARN is a not-for-profit, non-partisan civil society organization which mission is to promote sustainable development through policy, law, and the institutional organization of society. She has extensive experience in biodiversity issues, including the follow up of global negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. She is a lecturer at several Argentine universities.

Cicilia Githaiga

Cicilia is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has worked with local organizations in Kenya in providing guidance on matters relating to traditional knowledge, benefit sharing, conservation and customary use. She has vast experience of matters relating to environment and environmental justice, law and regulation having worked as in-house Counsel at the National Environment Management Authority for over 8 years where she was also litigation counsel in addition to other duties. She has offered technical and legal advice on environmental matters and implementation of various MEAs at both national and international levels particularly under the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocols with particular emphasis on matters involving the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefits Sharing (ABS) while in her capacity as in-house counsel.  

Ruth Spencer

Ruth has many years of experience engaging with CBD and UNCCD processes in Antigua and Barbuda. She has been able to effectively organize local dialogues bringing together key stakeholder actors including from policy makers to practitioners and showcasing the work done by the community. She builds networks and capacity of local community groups through education, training, resource mobilization and partnership-building, especially for climate action and biodiversity conservation. She received the 2019 inaugural International Women’s Day Award in Antigua and Barbuda for her contribution to the empowerment of women and girls with regard to Climate Change and the Environment. Ruth was highlighted by UN Women as a Climate Change Activist in the Caribbean. She has also set up a network of local groups and individuals in the island of Antigua and Barbuda to promote sustainable waste management.

Sara Subba

Sara is a gender expert and also has several years of experience working on biodiversity and indigenous peoples’ rights. She was an instrumental part of the team to research on and develop a national Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) operational framework for the International Development Partners Group (IDPG) in Nepal. She also has expertise in overseeing mitigation, prevention and management of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in infrastructure and civil works projects. Her experience further expands to designing and managing mountain livelihood and conservation programme promoting and including the voices of women, indigenous peoples’ and local communities. She is also the Vice-President of Center for Indigenous Peoples Research and Development in Nepal.

CBD-WC Coordination

Amelia Arreguín Prado

Amelia is a gender justice advocate within biodiversity policy and action. She has extensive experience in capacity development, advocacy, project management, and political communication, which she uses to promote gender and intergenerational social and economic justice in the environment, both at the international and national level. She earned an MSc in Environment and International Development at the University of East Anglia as a Chevening Scholar in the UK; and holds a BA in Communications Sciences (Specialized in Political Communication) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Additionally, she is the Regional Chair of the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, as well as a member of IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). She has founded EcoMaxei, a Mexican environmental NGO with focus on women and human rights. She also co-founded Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) – Mexico and coordinated GYBN Latin America and the Caribbean.

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